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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, loam, clay, sand

Height: 4'-6'

Bloom Time: June, July, August, September

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts birds, clumping, colonizing, cottage garden plant, deer resistant, 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. The flowering stems are divided, creating a distinctive candelabra-like effect. This is a robust plant that can reach a height of 6' and provides a striking vertical accent.

Cultivation

Very easy to grow, it is well adapted to average garden conditions. It prefers moist, rich, well-drained soil. It will tolerate light shade, however too much will produce weak stems that will tend to flop over without additional support. The root system consists of a central taproot, that helps it withstand moderate dry spells, as well as some rhizomes from which the plant may produce offshoots. The blooming period lasts about a month beginning in mid to late summer. Zones 4-8

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