Culver's Root, Veronicastrum virginicum

Culver's Root is a native wildflower that prefers average, medium to wet soil. It is slow to get established in your garden. It is found in open woods, moist meadows and prairies. It will grow to between four and seven feet tall and two to four feet wide.

Flower spikes open from the top down beginning in late spring. Cut the spent flowers to the rosette for possible rebloom in the fall.

Both long and short tongued bees collect pollen and nectar as do honeybees, bumblebees, mason bees, green metallic bees and masked bees. Other insect visitors include sphecid wasps, butterflies, moths and syrphid flies.

It is tolerant of deer and wet soil

Photo by Lenora (Ellie) Enking CC BY-SA 4.0

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