Culver’s root

(Veronicastrum virginicum)

Conservation Status
Culver’s root
 
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N4? - Apparently Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
Wetland Indicator Status
     
  Great Plains

FAC - Facultative

     
  Midwest

FAC - Facultative

     
  Northcentral & Northeast

FAC - Facultative

     
           
 
Description
 
 

Culver’s root is a 32 to 79 tall, erect, perennial forb that rises from a taproot and creeping rhizomes.

The stem is erect; green; round in cross section; and hairless or sparsely covered with soft, long or short hairs. It is unbranched below the middle and usually branched above the middle. The stem somewhat depends on nearby vegetation for support and, lacking any, may flop over, especially on slopes.

The leaves appear in whorls of usually 4 or 5 but as few as 3 or as many as 7. They may be stalkless or on to long leaf stalks. The blade is lance-shaped to narrowly oblong, up to 4¾ long, and up to ¾ wide. It is tapered at the base and tapers to a point at the tip with concave sides along the tip. The upper surface is green and hairless. The lower surface is similar in color and is hairless to densely covered with long, soft, shaggy but unmatted hairs. The margins are finely toothed with sharp, forward pointing teeth.

The inflorescence is a cluster of several spike-like, unbranched clusters (racemes) at the end of the stem and branches. The racemes are arranged like a candelabra, with an erect, long, central raceme and several lateral, shorter, ascending racemes, all rising from the same point at the end of the stem. Each raceme is densely flowered, 2 to 6 long, slender, and tapered. The flowers bloom from the bottom upward and the raceme elongates as the season progresses.

The flowers are ¼ to long. There are 4 sepals, 4 petals, 2 stamens, and 1 style. The sepals are green, lance-shaped, and hairless. They are united at the base into a very short calyx tube then separated at the tip into 2 long lips. The upper lip has 2 lobes that are longer than the 2 or 3 lobes of the lower lip. Though anatomically the calyx has 2 lips, the calyx lobes are separated almost to the base, giving the appearance of 4 or 5 distinct sepals. The petals are usually white, sometimes pinkish. They are fused at the base and for most of their length into a narrow corolla tube then separated at the tip into 2 lips. The upper lip has 1 rounded lobe. The lower lip has 2 lateral lobes and a lower lobe. All of the lobes are rounded and about 1 16 long, much shorter than the tube. The stamens have white, up to ½ long filaments and brown anthers. They extend well beyond the corolla tube. The style is white and has a minute, 1-lobed stigma at the tip. It extends beyond the corolla tube but is shorter than the stamens.

The fruit is a narrowly egg-shaped, to 3 16 long capsule with many seeds. It is round in cross section, not flattened.

 
     
 

Height

 
 

32 to 79

 
     
 

Flower Color

 
 

White

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  No similar species  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Moist to moderate moisture. Woods, prairies. Full or partial sun.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Flowering

 
 

June to September

 
     
 
Use
 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 24, 28.

 
  12/26/2011      
         
 

Nativity

 
 

Native

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (dicots)  
  Superorder Asteranae  
 

Order

Lamiales (mints, plantains, olives, and allies)  
 

Family

Plantaginaceae (plantain)  
  Tribe Veroniceae  
  Genus Veronicastrum  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Leptandra virginica

Veronica virginica

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

blackroot

Bowman’s-root

Culver’s-physic

Culver’s root

tall speedwell

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Calyx

The group of outer floral leaves (sepals) below the petals, occasionally forming a tube.

 

Corolla

A collective name for all of the petals of a flower.

 

Filament

On plants: The thread-like stalk of a stamen which supports the anther. On Lepidoptera: One of a pair of long, thin, fleshy extensions extending from the thorax, and sometimes also from the abdomen, of a caterpillar.

 

Raceme

An unbranched, elongated inflorescence with stalked flowers. The flowers mature from the bottom up.

 

Rhizome

A horizontal, usually underground stem. It serves as a reproductive structure, producing roots below and shoots above at the nodes.

       
Visitor Photos
   

Share your photo of this plant.

This button not working for you?
Simply email us at info@MinnesotaSeasons.com.
Attach one or more photos and, if you like, a caption.

       
Alfredo Colon
       
  Culver’s root   Culver’s root
       
Dan W. Andree
       

"Culver's Root"

I believe these tall slender spire like flowers are called Culver's Root.

  Culver’s root   Culver’s root
       
MinnesotaSeasons.com Photos
   

Plant

  Culver’s root   Culver’s root
       
  Culver’s root   Culver’s root
       

Inflorescence

  Culver’s root   Culver’s root
       
  Culver’s root   Culver’s root
       

Leaves

  Culver’s root   Culver’s root
       

Infructescence

  Culver’s root   Culver’s root
       
  Culver’s root   Culver’s root
       

 

Camera

     
Slideshows
   
  Veronicastrum virginicum 'album'
Susanne Wiik
 
  Veronicastrum virginicum 'album'  
 
About

Culver's root, Kransveronika

 
     
  Veronicastrum virginicum CULVER'S ROOT
Frank Mayfield
 
  Veronicastrum virginicum CULVER'S ROOT  

 

slideshow

       
Visitor Videos
       

Share your video of this plant.

This button not working for you?
Simply email us at info@MinnesotaSeasons.com.
Attach one or more videos or YouTube links and, if you like, a caption.

       
       
Other Videos
 
  Culver's Root - Veronicastrum virginicum blooming at Ion Exchange
Ionxchange
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Aug 1, 2011

Earthyman views Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum) in full bloom at Ion Exchange in Northeast Iowa http://www.ionxchange.com

   
       
  Honeybee forages on Culver's-root in Marion County, Ohio USA
Robert Klips
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Sep 4, 2009

Culver's-root, Veronicastrum virginicum, family Scrophulariaceae, is a perennial herb that occurs in prairies. Here at the Larry R. Yoder Prairie on OSU-Marion Campus, a honeybee forages for nectar on its blossoms on July 30, 2009.

   
       
  Veronicastrum virginicum, Culvers Root, Kandelaber Ehrenpreis,
Robert Jondalar
 
   
 
About

Published on Jul 11, 2012

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

   
       

 

Camcorder

         
Visitor Sightings
   

Report a sighting of this plant.

This button not working for you?
Simply email us at info@MinnesotaSeasons.com.
Be sure to include a location.

Alfredo Colon
8/2/2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

Culver’s root


Dan W. Andree
7/20/2018

Location: Sandpiper Prairie SNA, Norman Co., MN

I believe these tall slender spire like flowers are called Culver's Root.

Culver’s root


     
     
 
MinnesotaSeasons.com Sightings
   

 

 

Binoculars


Last Updated:

About Us | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | © 2021 MinnesotaSeasons.com. All rights reserved.