Herbaceous, North American perennial
Description: Tiny white flowers held in upright racemes in mid-summer; narrow leaves whorled around erect stems.
Habit: Grows 4-7' feet high and 2-4' feet wide; spreads slowly by underground stolons.
Culture: Prefers full sun to partial shade and rich, moist soil.
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3
Origin: North America
Attributes: Attracts Butterflies, Rain Garden
This North American native grows from Ontario and Manitoba south to Georgia and Louisiana. When first introduced in 1714, it was classed as a member of the Veronica or Speedwell genus. Culver's Root was once used as a liver tonic and laxative, but today is considered an elegant ornamental, adding verticality to the garden with its white flowers held upright like narrow candelabras.
Culver's Root, Virginia Speedwell (Veronicastrum virginicum) arrives in a 1 quart pot.