Veronicastrum is a genus of about 10 species of herbaceous perennials in the family Plantaginaceae, mostly native to North America.
Veronicastrum produces attractive foliage and clusters of small flowers on erect, tall stems from summer to fall. It’s easy to grow and makes a pretty addition to beds and borders. It will look charming as a part of your garden landscape and will attract bees and butterflies to your garden.
The scientific name comes from the genus name “Veronica” and “astrum”, which means “star”.
Veronicastrum resembles a tall Veronica and was once placed in the genus Veronica.
Veronicastrum symbolizes dignity.
Interesting facts about Veronicastrum:
Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
Veronicastrum virginicum is the most popular variety of Veronicastrum. It is native to the eastern United States as well as regions of Canada. The species can be found in savannas, prairies, meadows, along river edges and on the hillsides. It is listed as threatened in Massachusetts, New York and Manitoba, and as endangered in Vermont.
The species is commonly known as Culver’s Root. Dr. Culver, an American physician, discovered the healing properties of the root of this plant in the 18th century, hence the common name.
Culver’s Root is a robust plant that is suitable for indoors as well as outdoors. It is a great plant for attracting honey bees, bumblebees and various wild solitary bees.
The plant has been used for medicinal purposes, mostly to cure cough, fever and liver disorders. It has been used for its therapeutic properties, as well as for spiritual purposes. It has long been used as a laxative and pain reliever. It is also claimed that the herb has emetic properties, which means it can induce vomiting.
The flowers come in shades of white, purple and pink.
Veronicastrum reaches nearly 2 m (6 ft) in height.
Veronicastrum prefers fertile, moist and well-drained soil. It tolerates a wide range of soil pH levels.