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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Native Plants of the Great Lakes

North Branch Restoration Project Seed Book

Veronicastrum Virginicum / Family: Scrophlariaceae
Culver’s Root, Swink/Wilhelm # 7

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FLOWERING: July to late August

SEED TIMING: Mid-September to mid-October

HABITAT: Wet mesic to wet prairie. Also in savannas

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: 2 - 7 feet. Tall, graceful plant grows erect. Stout smooth stems may be somewhat branched at the top. Leaves are slender ovals with pointed tips up to 6 inches long and occur mostly in whorls of 3 to 9. Margins have fine, sharp teeth. White flowers occur on slender, spikes that are usually 3 to 9 inches long. There are 1 to 9 flower heads per plant.

TO PICK: Ripe flower spikes turn black and mealy. Seed pods zip right off.


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