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Veronicastrum virginicum. (Culver's Root)
Culver's Root

Zone: 3 to 9

Soil: Sand to clay

Light: Full sun to part sun

Bloom colour: White

Bloom period: Early to late summer

Height: 4 to 6 feet

Moisture: medium to wet

Attracts: Bees and butterflies

Notes: Veronicastrum is a good plant to attract bees in July although it can continue to flower into August. It does well in a loam soil because it prefers a soil with reasonable drainage so a heavy clay soil is not suitable. However, you must not allow the soil to dry out for more than a couple of days. It will also grow well in sandy soil if you happen to have a regular watering regime. It is a tall plant that would do well at the back of the border. It is uncommon to see this plant in gardens yet it makes an excellent specimen plant. Be prepared to stake the plant as it grows taller. Lavender varieties of this plant that are available in regular nurseries have probably been bred from exotic species, so stick to native sources for this plant.

Culver's Root