Elegant “Culver’s Root” injects a showy vertical element to the late summer garden.
Veronicastrum virginicum is graced with distinctive plump spires of densely arranged, tiny white flowers in Autumn.
So the flower spires add a note of 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.
This is the true, hardy original species.
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 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 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
WHITE CULVER’S ROOT
– 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 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.
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.
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!!!!