Veronicastrum virginicum Cupid
Veronicastrum virginicum Cupid

Culvers Root

'Cupid' Culver's Root is a tall tough native that produces multiple spikes of lavender blue in late summer into early fall. Veronicastrum 'Cupid' is an important nectar source for pollinators and butterflies at that time of year, and they also make a striking cut flower. The green lanceolate leaves grow in a whorled pattern, and the clumps are very long lived, expanding with time. This Veronicastrum is particularly showy because of its deep color.

  • Height: 100-130 cm (3-4 ft)
  • Spread: 60-75 cm (24-30 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3-8
  • Sun or Shade: sun to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: mid summer
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: blue purple
  • Nature Attraction: bees and butterflies

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Veronicastrum is easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun. It tolerates light shade, but tends to flop and require support if grown in too much shade. Soils should not be allowed to dry out. It usually takes several years to establish itself in the garden. Deadhead spent racemes to extend bloom period. Cut back plants after flowering to basal growth to stimulate new foliage growth and possible late summer or fall bloom.