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VERONICASTRUM virginicum 'Fascination'

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Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

VERONICASTRUM virginicum 'Fascination'

Plant Common Name

Culver's Root, Fascination Culver's Root

General Description

The bold, lavender-pink "flower candles" of the compact Culver's root, 'Fascination', are beautiful and loved by butterflies. A tall North American native, Culver's root has handsome whorled leaves and produces skyward spikes of white or pale lavender "flower candles" in summer. In the garden, it is a grand informal wildflower for large garden areas. This long-lived perennial naturally inhabits the moist, rich woodland edges and meadows from eastern and central North America from Ontario down to Texas.

The dark green leaves of Culver’s root are lance-shaped with toothed edges and surround the sturdy stems in whorls of five to seven leaflets. In summer, branched flower spikes develop, which are pointy and lined with lots of small flowers that open from bottom to top. The individual blooms are small, white, light pink or pale lavender and often visited by butterflies and bees.

Grow Culver's root in full to partial sun and any soil that is not too dry or barren. A plant grown in partial sun is often less sturdy and may require staking. Divide clumps every 4 or 5 years to keep them from becoming too large. Use this shoulder-high perennial in the back of the mixed border, or grow among clumps of ornamental grasses in a meadow setting.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Texas, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Pink, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes