Above: Culver's Root in Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin. (6/23/19).
Culver's Root- Veronicastrum virginicum
Culver's Root is a native plant that grows from 3' - 6' tall. Culver's Root likes full sun to shade; dry, moderate moisture to wet areas such as upland woods and prairies.
The white blossoms are slender, spike-like racemes that are up to 9 inches long. They are at the end of a long single stem and, with other racemes, they form a candelabra-like head.
Other Names: Culver's physic, Bowman's root, Black root.
Above: Culver's Root leaves and stem in oak Savanna on July 23, 2019. Culver Root leaves are finely toothed and lance-like. They surround the stem in whorls of 3-6 leaves.
For more information on Culver's Root, visit Wikipedia.
Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about Culver's Root - Veronicastrum virginicum.
Above: 1913 Culver's Root illustration.
Above: Culver's Root.
Above: Culver's Root specimen collected on July 14, 1970 in Keshena in Menominee County.
Above: Culver's Root botanical illustration circa 1916.