Veronicastrum virginicum

Culvers root, Veronicastrum virginicum 11JL18
Culver's root, Veronicastrum virginicum 09JL23-01
Culvers root, Veronicastrum virginicum 11JL18

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characteristics

Perennial with narrow, toothed, oval, deep-green leaves in whorls around the stem. Slender upright spikes bloom with dense clusters of small tiny white to pale blue flowers. When seen flowering at maximum height the effect is quite striking, even spectacular. Slow growing from seed; this plant takes up to three years to reach maturity.

Rare plant in Manitoba.

1,500,000 seeds/pound; starts from seed, bare root, cuttings. Requires 90 days cold-stratification.

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
P W 1.3 0.4 S/PS F-M-C M-MW - - 6.6-7.8 green grey-dark white blue

habitat

Moist meadows, thickets, fields.

uses

Professional homoeopathic uses include: laxative, minor liver ailments, and inducing vomiting. This plant is potentially toxic; caution is advised.

Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

Excellent cut flower.

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T = type: A = annual | B = biennial | P = perennial | SS = subshrub | D = deciduous | C = coniferous
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N2 = nitrogen fixing: = yes
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