Bruso, George H.
Veronicastrum virginicum (L.) Farw.
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
The unbranched stems of Culver’s-root grow 2-6 ft. tall and are topped by several spikes of densely-clustered, tiny, white flowers. The total effect is candelabra-like. Narrowly oval,
dark-green leaves are arranged in whorls around the stem. The common name was to honour Dr. Culver who prescribed the plant as an effective laxative. (Lamb/Rhynard) Dense, narrow, cylindrical, spike-like clusters of small, white, tubular flowers are at the top of an erect stem
name, a combination of Veronica
and the suffix astrum
(false), describes this plants resemblance to the Veronicas. It is the only species in the genus. It can be grown easily in wildflower gardens. The root contains a powerful emetic and cathartic.
Image Gallery: 12 photo(s) available
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Blue
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
AL , AR , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , IA , KS , KY , LA , ME , MD , MA , MI , MN , MS , MO , NE , NJ , NY , NC , ND , OH , OK , PA , SC , SD , TN , TX , VT , VA , WV , WI , DC Canada: MB
, ON Native Distribution:
VT to Ont., s. to GA, LA & OK Native Habitat:
Moist prairies; woods; stream banks USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Moist, rich soils.
Conditions Comments: Very adaptable in the garden; try it at the woodland edge.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Butterflies, Bees
Use Medicinal: The root contains a powerful emetic and cathartic. (Niering)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes