Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA

Veronicastrum virginicum - Culver's Root

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

 Veronicastrum virginicum

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to view the natural range Culver's Root.

Culver's Root is listed as Threaten in New York and Massachusetts and Endangered in Vermont
Culver's Root  -
Culver's Root in background - Lifestyle Landscaping

Wildlife Significance - Veronicastrum virginicum

Pollen - Green Sweat Bees. Long-Horned Bees, bumblebees, honeybees, Mason bees, Masked bees and Syrphid flies

Nectar - Leafcutter bees, Sweatbees, Yellow-Faced Bees, Syrphid flies moths and butterflies including: Red Admiral, Azure and Eastern Tailed Blue

Host Plant - Culver's Root Borer Moth

For detailed information on Culver's Root visit the
Illinois Wildflower website

Veronicastrum virginicum - Culver's Root seedling
Veronicastrum virginicum - Culver's Root - seed started February 2015 - picture taken April 13, 2016

Propagation Notes - Culver's Root

Cold/Moist stratification for 60 days. House temperature 65°F - Excellent seed germination rate

Growth Rate -
Very slow - Culver's root was started in February 2015 at the same time as other seedlings. Although I have hundreds of sprouts they are considerably smaller then I would have expected. Either Veronicastrum virginicum is a slow growing native plant or the cool temperature of our house slowed plant development.

Seed Provenance - Veronicastrum virginicum - Culver's Root - Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - 2015 - Nodding Onion Gardens 2017 to present

Culver's Root - Native Ohio Plant
Culver's Root
Cultivation Information - Culver's Root

Height - 5 ft
Flower Color - White
Blooms -
June through August
Sun -
Full sun, part sun
Soil -
Moist, loamy

Regarding Shady spots - We have found that Culver's Root bends and twists, reaching for the sun when it is growing in a gardens with a great deal of shade. 

Zone - 3 to 8
pH - 5.0 to 6.0

Family Scrophulariaceae (Snapdragon)
A pot of bright red sprouts pushing through the soil
Culver's root red color makes it easy to identify in the spring
Wildflower garden - Culvers Root
Veronicastrum virginicum