Veronicastrum Virginicum ‘Lilac Carina’- (Culver’s Physic)
This is a tall and elegant plant, which is valuable for adding colour and interest towards the back of the border, its formwill remain interesting well into winter.
This plant bears huge branching spires of blue-mauve flowers which form handsome arches . They flower in late summer and have very attractive dark green leaves which form a tall, solid brushy clump.
The flower spikes are attractive to butterflies. The plant has a long history of medicinal use in ages past for various disorders of the liver and other organs.
For best results, sow seeds immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. However, one can also sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, and often wait for spring before emerging regardless of when they are sown. But spring sowing will obviously give them a full season of growth if successful germination occurs.
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Blackroot, Bowman's root, Culver's Physic, Culvers' root, Leptandra virginica, Lilac carina
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