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Veronicastrum (Culver's Root)
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Including Veronicastrum varieties Red Arrows, Adoration, Apollo, Lavendelturm, and Album

Veronicastrum

Culver's Root

These elegant perennials impart a lofty vertical element to the late summer garden. Graced with distinctive narrow spires of densely arranged tiny flowers, Veronicastrum are native to meadows and woodlands, and are easy to grow in adequately moist soil.


Veronicastrum sibiricum  full sun  partial shade

Studded with lavender blue blooms, the lengthy flower spikes make an elegant presentation. Arranged in groups, they stand proudly on upright, sturdy stems, which sport spaced whorls of neat, broadly lanceolate leaves. This noble Asian native offers an admirable contrast to mounding forms, such as Amsonia hubrichtii.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 5' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Veronicastrum sibiricum (P-0977)
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Veronicastrum sibiricum ‘Red Arrows’  full sun  partial shade
Veronicastrum sibiricum Red Arrows

True to its name, this distinctive undemanding Coen Jansen introduction asserts deep rosy red buds squeezed onto a central spike, surrounded by slightly smaller side stalks all opening at the same time and presenting a unique arrow shape. Cherished by bees and butterflies, the striking spires unfurl a multitude of tiny violet flowers, while whorled lanceolate leaves attire tall steadfast stems. A glamourous upright mainstay for any planting, 'Red Arrows' soars amongst Trifolium rubens, Phlomis 'Amazon' and Sedum 'Matrona' in a prairie-style landscape or a more formal setting.

Blooms July – September.

Size: 4' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


Veronicastrum sibiricum ‘Red Arrows’ (P-1824)
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Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Adoration’  full sun  partial shade

In addition to the stylish blooms, this sought-after Veronicastrum gives you good reason to adore it. When tall valiant stems stretch skyward, they strut striking purple shades easily spotted from a distance, which promise to turn more than a few heads. Round densely packed pink buds set the stage for ethereal-looking lilac flowers on candelabra-like spires, further enhancing the dashing whorls of deep green pointed leaves.

Blooms August – September.

Size: 4' 0"–5' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Adoration’ (P-1722)
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Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Album’  full sun  partial shade
Veronicastrum virginicum Album

Resembling glowing tapers, erect snowy white racemes tipped with green buds make a crisp, classic statement. The luminous blooms hold court above whorls of horizontally set deep green foliage that grow at intervals along sturdy upstanding stems. Veronicastrum ‘Album’ commands our attention, while it sheds light on cohorts such as Geranium ‘Jolly Bee’ or Helianthus ‘Capenoch Star’.

Blooms August – October.

Size: 4' 0" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Album’ (P-0144)
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Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Apollo’  full sun  partial shade

‘Apollo’s leafy stems taper delicately into foot-long lilac racemes tipped with vivid green buds, which bend and curve, adding a playful air to its imposing carriage. Display graceful ‘Apollo’ with Angelica archangelica’s rounded umbels, and the rosy plumes of Miscanthus ‘Nippon’.

Blooms August – September.

Size: 5' 0"–5-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Apollo’ (P-0869)
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Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Erica’  full sun  partial shade

‘Erica’s strong leafy stems taper delicately into long two-toned racemes of lavish red buds and small tightly packed pale pink flowers with prominent darker stamens. Opening from the base up, the slender wands bend and curve, adding a playful air to the impressive carriage below.

Display this graceful Veronicastrum with Selenium wallichianum’s white umbels, and the rosy plumes of Miscanthus ‘Positano’.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Erica’ (P-1414)
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Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Fascination’  full sun  partial shade

‘Fascination’s leafy stems taper delicately into 15 in. long lilac-rose racemes tipped with vivid green buds, which bend and curve, adding a playful air to its imposing carriage. Display this graceful Veronicastrum with Angelica archangelica’s rounded umbels, and the rosy plumes of Miscanthus ‘Nippon’.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 5' 0"–5-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Fascination’ (P-1230)
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Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Lavendelturm’  full sun  partial shade
Veronicastrum virginicum Lavendelturm

Coined Lavender Towers, this imposing Ernest Pagels introduction is aptly named. Straight-up stems garbed in handsome greenery—whorled, sharply toothed and pointed—give way to long branched spikes embellished with lovely pale purple flowers.

Blooms August – September.

Size: 4' 0"–5' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Lavendelturm’ (P-1555)
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