Veronicastrum virginicum

‘Coen Jansen Form’



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Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Coen Jansen Form’


“Pink Culver’s Root” is a breath of fresh, crisp colour in the late summer garden.
Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Coen Jansen Form’ has elegant tall spires of densely arranged, tiny pink flowers in late summer and autumn.
The flower spires appear in a distinctive trident shape atop the tall stems.
So they add height and formality. At a time of the year when the garden can be topsy-turvy and looking a little bedraggled after being tossed about by the weather.

Excellent cut flowers & a great garden show – at a difficult time of year

These tall flower spires make a great cut flower. And they are highly prized by professional florists.

A tough performer

This reliable beauty shrugs off frost, and will also grow quite happily in drier conditions, as long as it is well mulched.
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 largely pest and disease-free. 
On the other hand, it can also tolerate wet feet. So it is a hardy performer and easily pleased.

Growing: Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Coen Jansen Form’

– Height with flowers: Soaring 1.2m approx.
– Width: Forms a dense clump to a diameter of 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. It will certainly thank you for some compost in the hole when planting, and some summer mulch. Your reward for work is a great show of elegant spires in the late summer and autumn.

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 ‘Coen Jansen Form’ 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 to encourage those lovely towering spires of flowers.
– 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.
But this beautiful and elegant cultivar has been specially bred by the excellent Dutch Nurseryman Coen Jansen.

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 botanical name; The generic name is from “Veronica”, the Latin name for the speedwell plant. Which is combined with “astrum” which means having a resemblance to.
So it looks like a Veronica, grows like a Veronica, but it actually isnt……
This species was formerly known as Leptandra virginica and as Veronica virginica.
The Botanists do like to keep us on our toes!!!!