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Veronicastrum virginicum

Culver's-root, Culver's Root

Scientific Name:

Veronicastrum virginicum

Genus:

Veronicastrum

Species Epithet:

virginicum

Common Name:

Culver's-root, Culver's Root

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Streambanks, bogs, wet meadows, dryish soils in areas with prairie affinities. Uncommon in NC Mountains and Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Whorled

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled, S?: Uncertain (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W7: Watch List: Poorly Known in NC (*Key)

Notes:

Butterflies and bees - both long-tongued and short-tongues bees frequent this plant. NC Natural Heritage Program lists in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Durham, Forsyth, Graham, Granville, Jackson, Madison, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, Warren, and Yancey counties
Per Weakley "Populations seem to be of somewhat sporadic or irregular appearance from year to year."

NC Natural Heritage Program NC Rank S2?

Foliage

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Tom Harville
Jun 09

Starting to Bloom

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Tom Harville

Bloom Spike

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Tom Harville

These long spikes are about 5" long

Bloom Close Up

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Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NC State Extension


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