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Culver’s root

Veronicastrum virginicum

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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 CharacteristicsCulver'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. 

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

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

ProblemsDowny mildew, powdery mildew, leaf spot.

  • Genus : Veronicastrum
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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