Veronicastrum virginicum 'FASCINATION'

Veronicastrum virginicum
Veronicastrum virginicum 'FASCINATION'
culver's root
SIZE/TYPE tall perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 1.3-1.8m
USUAL WIDTH 1-1.5m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS +různobarevné:lilac a violet
BLOOMING TIME July - August
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 3   (down to -40°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
Summer blooms
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If looking for a perennial with interesting architecture that would look great or even dominant among shrubs or trees, perhaps could be a substitute for a shrub in places where there is not enough space, culver’s root might be the one for you. This genus has two species, each of them is named after its origin: Virginian and Siberian. They are very similar and differ mostly in flower colour and size in maturity. Formerly named as veronica (speedwell) it was decided that culver’s root is so unique that it deserves its genus.

Virginian culver’s root produces several whorls of chaste-tree-like, narrowly lance-shaped, mid to dark green leaves. They may resemble cannabis. In early summer the tips of the stems begin producing flower buds composed in long spikes, botanically more correctly classified as terminal racemes, opening in into small flowers in early July.

Fascination is a truly fascinating and gorgeous variety of culver’s root. It produces very large inflorescence of pink and mauve colour. They are decorated with long white stamens with purple anthers owing to which they look hairy. Mature and well-established plants produce more flowers at the axils in several tiers down the stem. Fascination culver’s root will leave you breathless as much in tone-in-tone perennial beds as in pure contrast with golden or orange flowers in the foreground.

Culver’s root will grow in evenly moist, fertile soil in full sun or with some shade during the day. It requires no maintenance whatsoever except for removing dead stems in early spring and some extra watering in very dry summers. It is hardy to about -40°C (USDA zone 3).

Last update 25-01-2014; 14-07-2016
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