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Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's Root)

Culver's Root (Veronicastrum Virginicum)


Extremely showy, Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's Root) introduces elegant vertical lines to the borders with its long spikes of densely-clustered, tiny flowers from summer to fall. With a candelabra look, these attractive inflorescences, in shades of white, blue, pink and purple, are nicely complemented by lanceolate, dark-green leaves that are arranged in whorls around the stem. Fantastically hardy, very tolerant, Veronicastrum adds height, structure and texture to the garden, and as a bonus, this plant also attracts bees and butterflies!

  • Growing up to 3-6 feet high (90-180 cm) and 2-4 feet wide (60-120 cm, Culver's Root is quite effective at the back of the perennial border or in a mixed shrub borders. Perfect as an accent plant, it is also a great candidate for naturalistic plantingscottage gardens or wild gardens.
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade, in averagemedium to wetwell-drained soils. Tends to flop and require support if planted in too much shade. Do not let the soil dry out!
  • Easy to grow, Veronicastrum Virginicum requires very low care and is disease-free!
  • Deer resistant, it attracts scores of butterflies and is highly prized for its cut flowers
  • Simply deadhead to extend bloom and cut back after flowering to basal growth to promote new foliage growth and potential re-bloom later in the season.
  • Long-lived, it may take a few years to establish in a new location

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Veronicastrum - Culver's Roots
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 6' (90cm - 180cm)
Spread 2' - 4' (60cm - 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Veronicastrum - Culver's Roots
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 6' (90cm - 180cm)
Spread 2' - 4' (60cm - 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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