Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Album’ CULVER’S ROOT –
This elegant ‘culvers 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. These blooms make a great cut flower. They are native to meadows and woodlands, and are easy to grow in adequately moist soil.
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.
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 upright blooms make up for that.
– Frost: Very Hardy.
– Growth: Herbaceous Perennial.
– Attracts: Butterflies and other beneficial pollinators.
Easy, low maintenance
– Care: An easy care and low maintenance plant. However it will benefit from a prune 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 deseases do not effect this perennial.
– Origin: Native to the Eastern United States and South-Eastern Canada.