Culver's RootVeronicastrum 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. 

It will grow in either sun or part sun but gets floppy in too much shade. 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.

The Cherokee, Iroquois, Chippewa, and Menominee Indians used this plant extensively as an analgesic, cathartic, emetic, treatment for coughs, fevers, and rheumatism and to assist with childbirth. Seek specialized information sources for more information. The above mention is for general awareness only, not a recommendation for use. 

This plant is tolerant of deer and wet soil

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

Sources:,, other authoritative resources and personal experience.