Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Album’



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Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Album’


This elegant “Culver’s Root’ injects a showy vertical element to the late summer garden.
Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Album’ is graced with distinctive narrow spires of densely arranged, white tiny flowers in Autumn.
The flower spikes are borne in the shape of trident spears. So the flowers add a note of formality at a time of the year when the garden can be topsy-turvy and tossed about by the weather.
These blooms make a great cut flower. 

A tough performer

This reliable beauty shrugs off frost, and will grow quite happily in dry and arid conditions.
As a result it is a great water saving option.
At the same time it is easy to grow, requiring very low care and is fairly pest and disease-free. 

Growing: Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Album’

– Height with flowers: 100cm approx.
– Width: 70cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun to Partial Shade
– Soil: It prefers moist yet well drained soils, however it will tolerate a range of conditions. As long as it doesn’t dry out for long periods of time.

Reliable and beneficial for wildlife

– Fragrance: No scent, but it’s striking upright autumn flowers make up for that. In a time of the year when other flowers are flagging.
– Frost: Veronicastrum virginicum is extremely frost hardy. As it can tolerate even hard frosts to below -20C.
– Growth: Herbaceous Perennial. So it will be tall over spring, summer and autumn and then die back in the winter. But do not fear – it is a tough performer and will be back next spring with the clump bigger and better than ever.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Butterflies and other beneficial pollinators find the nectar rich flowers a real boon at a difficult, hot time of the year.

Easy, low maintenance

– Care: An easy care and low maintenance plant.
However it will benefit from a shear to the socks when last frost has passed.
In addition it will enjoy a fertilise in early spring.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Our nibbling enemies usually leave it alone. In fact most pests and diseases leave this hardy perennial alone.
– Origin: Native to the Eastern United States and South-Eastern Canada. Where it grows in woodlands, thickets and open prairie grasslands. So this wide ranging native habitat explains the hardy nature of this easy and obliging plant.

Looks like Speedwell, Grows like Speedwell, but actually isn’t..

The name “Culver’s root” derives from a pioneer physician of the 18th century; Dr Culver.
He studied and used its bitter roots for purgative treatments. As for its botancal name; The generic name is from “Veronica”, the Latin name for the speedwell plant. Which is combined with “astrum” which means having a resemblance. This species was formerly known as Leptandra virginica and as Veronica virginica.


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