Culver's root

Veronicastrum virginicum

Photo/Illustration: 
Barbara Blossom Ashmun
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Culver's root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
ver-on-ih-KAS-trum ver-JIN-ih-kum
Synonyms:  Veronica virginica
Genus:  Veronicastrum

This species has multiple tapering, soft spikes of white to pale pink or bluish purple flowers that look like elegant, living candelabras. The blooms reach 4 feet or more, adding a vertical accent to the back of a mixed border or wild garden from mid-summer to early autumn. Plants spread to about 3 feet.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Culver's root's lance-shaped, whorled leaves are deep green and remain attractive through the season. It is a widespread native of eastern North America, occurring in prairies, meadows, open woodlands, and grassy mountains. 

Care: 

Provide moderately fertile, moist soil in full sun or partial shade. 

Propagation: 

Sow seed in a cold frame in autumn; divide in spring or fall.

Problems: 

Downy mildew, powdery mildew, leaf spot.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Island Paradise,
Pink Yarrow,
Niagara,
White
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Cottage Garden,
Herb Garden,
Meadow Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Perennials

Veronicastrum virginicum