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Veronicastrum virginicum

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: rich

Height: 3'-6'

Bloom Time: June, July, August, September

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts birds, clumping, colonizing, cottage garden plant, medicinal

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's root)
  • Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's root)
  • Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's root)
  • Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's root)
  • Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's root)

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Description

Veronicastrum virginicum

Also known as:

Culver's root

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Scientific Synonyms:

Leptandra virginica, Veronica virginica

Description

Veronicastrum virginicum is a beautiful tall plant that produces terminal spikes of white, sometimes pale-blue flowers, that open from the top down.

Cultivation

Very easy to grow once establish. Well adapted to average garden conditions, in moist, rich, well-drained soil. Will tolerate light shade, however this will produce weaker stems that will tend to flop over without additional support.

Additional Notes

The root has been used medicinally as a powerful emetic, and as a catharic.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: VT
  • Threatened: MA, NY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Scrophulariales
Family Scrophulariaceae Figwort family
Genus Veronicastrum veronicastrum
Species Veronicastrum virginicum Culver's root