Culver's Root

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Veronicastrum virginicum (1/2-pint plug)

Exposure: Full sun-partial shade

Moisture: Medium wet- Medium dry

Height: 5 feet

Bloom: June, July, August

Notable features: Absolutely stunning addition to any garden or restoration, it's an elegant unbranched plant, reaching heights of 5' with candelabra-like spikes of white flowers that open from the bottom up mid-summer. The small white flowers densely packed together can sometimes take on a purple hue; the contrast of these flowers against the dark green foliage is stunning. Will also do well in a sunny, normal garden with average moisture.

Attracts insects: The most common visitors to the flowers are long-tongued and short-tongued bees, which collect pollen or suck nectar. This includes honeybees, bumblebees, Mason bees, Green Metallic bees, Masked bees, and others. Other kinds of insect visitors include Sphecid wasps, butterflies, moths, and Syrphid flies. The latter include species that feed on pollen only and are non-pollinating. Culver's Root doesn't appear to be bothered by leaf-chewing insects or mammalian herbivores to the same extent as other plants.