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Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Fascination’ (Culver’s Root)

Culver's Root 'Fascination'

Veronicastrum Virginicum 'Fascination', Culver's Root 'Fascination'', Lavender Flowers, Purple Flowers, Tall Flowers

A fabulous variety of Culver’s Root, Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Fascination’ displays eye-catching branching spires of light violet-blue flowers from mid-summer to early fall. With a candelabra look, these graceful inflorescences are nicely complemented by lanceolate, dark-green leaves that are arranged in whorls around the stem. Tough, long-lasting, and easy to grow, Culver’s Root requires little care and is disease resistant. Very adaptable in the garden, Culver’s Root is perfect for adding interesting vertical lines and late summer color to the garden.

  • Grows to 4-5 ft. high (120-150 cm) and 2 ft. wide (60 cm). 
  • Performs best in full sun or light shade, in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils. Tends to flop and requires support if planted in too much shade. Do not let the soil dry out.
  • Culver’s Root is quite effective at the back of the perennial border or in a mixed shrub border. Perfect as an accent plant, it is also a great candidate for naturalistic plantings, prairie plantings, cottage gardens, or wildflower gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Foliage is unpalatable to deer and other herbivores.
  • 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
  • Most easily propagated by root divisions in late fall or early spring. Also propagated by softwood cuttings taken in late spring.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Plantaginaceae
Genus Veronicastrum
Common names Culver's Root
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s Root)
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Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Diane’ (Culver’s Root)
Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Lavendelturm’ (Culver’s Root)
Veronicastrum virginicum F. Roseum ‘Pink Glow’ (Culver’s Root)

Recommended Companion Plants

Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle)
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Helenium (Sneezeweed)
Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker)
Echinacea (Coneflower)
Hemerocallis (Daylilies)
Eremurus (Foxtail Lily)
Heliopsis helianthoides (False Sunflowers)
Phlox paniculata (Garden Phlox)
Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy)
Monarda (Bee Balm)
Echinops (Globe Thistle)
Persicaria amplexicaulis (Mountain Fleece)

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Plantaginaceae
Genus Veronicastrum
Common names Culver's Root
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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