- Veronicastrum virginicum
Culver's root Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Eudicots (unranked): Asterids Order: Lamiales Family: Plantaginaceae Genus: Veronicastrum Species: V. virginicum Binomial name Veronicastrum virginicum
Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's root, Culver's-root, Culverpsyic, Culver's physic,Bowman's root,Blackroot; syn. Leptandra virginica (L.) Nutt., Veronica virginica L. ) is a wildflower native to the United States. It is cultivated as a garden flower in the Eastern United States.
Veronicastrum virginicum is an erect perennial herb that grows 80-200 cm in height. The leaves are serrated and arranged in whorls of 3-7 around the stem. The inflorescence is erect with slender and spike-like racemes. The stamens are crowded and protrude in a brush-like fashion perpendicular to the raceme . The corollas are white and are roughly 2 mm. in length. These plants flower from mid-summer to early fall.
Culver's Root is frequently found in wet to wet-mesic prairies and sometimes moist upland sites.
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