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Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's Root)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's Root)
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Culver's Root can offer a strong upright accent to any perennial garden or prairie/savanna. It's an elegant unbranched plant, reaching heights of 5' with candelabra-like spikes of white flowers that open from the top down mid-summer.  The small white flowers densely packed together can sometimes take on a purple hue; the contrast of these flowers against the dark green foliage is stunning.
Culver's Root grows in zones 3-8, as successfully in full sun as in partial shade (savanna conditions, up to 70% shade), and prefers moist, well-drained soil.  The seeds are so tiny that they should be directly sown on the soil surface in fall or in the spring (see germination code D below).

The plant really has no other synonyms, going only by the name Culver's Root, derived from Dr. Coulvert of the late 17th to early 18th century, who found laxative properties in the plant.

Dormant bare root plants ship each year during optimal transplanting season: Fall (October) or Spring (April/May).

Potted plants come in a tray of 38 plants and ship mid-May through late-June. Click here if you prefer to mix/match up to 6 species in a tray.

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Catalog Number VER72F
Seeds / Packet 2,000
Seeds / Ounce 800,000
Germination Code A, D
Wetland Code FAC
USDA Zones 3-8
Plant Spacing 2-3'
Sun Exposure Full Sun  Part Shade 
Soil Moisture Wet-Mesic  Mesic (Medium)  Dry-Mesic 
Height 5 feet 
Bloom Color White 
Bloom Time June  July  Aug 
Plant Type Wildflowers (Forbs) 
Availability Seeds  Roots  Potted Trays 
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Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's Root)
*This map shows the native and adventive range of this species. **Given appropriate habitat and climate, native plants can be grown outside their range.
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Present in state Present in county; native to state Not present in state  
Present in county, adventive in state    
Eryngium yuccifolium (Rattlesnake Master) Liatris pycnostachya (Prairie Blazing Star)
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