Day 246: Veronicastrum

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


As descriptive plant names go, Culvers root, or black root, fails rather spectacularly by failing to conjure up a holistic impression of Veronicastrum virginicum, concentrating as it does on the subterranean parts and their possible medicinal use. In the garden (or the slightly soggy prairies of the eastern states of the US from whence it comes), the most striking aspect is the menorah of flower spikes held above whirls of mid-green lanceolate leaves that ascend tall stems. A candidate for the middle to the back of the border, since most of the interest is towards the top and, while it will cope with partial shade, it’s worth remembering that its ability to stand upright without staking is dependent on it receiving full sun.

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