Veronicastrum virginicum, Culvers Root
sleeper in the medicinal plant world, Culver's Root is one of the
most asked about plants in our gardens. A prairie perennial, growing
to 5 feet, it can be direct-seeded or transplanted. It is also easily
propagated by root division in fall. A multiple flower stalk sends
up a candelabra of tail-like white flowers in June, making a delicious
attraction for everything that flies. There is a strong geometric
symmetry to the multiple branches that have whorls of leaves every
5 to 7 inches. This is a visually powerful plant, highly energetic.
Grow specs: 2-5 feet. Average soil. Full sun.
Non-invasive. Traditionally used as a laxative, to induce sweating,
to stimulate the liver and as a diuretic. Breaks up stagnation in