Leptandra virginica - Plant

Leptandra virginica (Veronicastrum virginicum) is an erect perennial herb.


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About Leptandra virginica

It is a synonym of Veronicastrum virginicum. Veronicastrum virginicum is a wildflower native to the United States from southern Maine to northwest Florida to northern Louisiana up through Minnesota and a bit north of the Canada US border; good for USDA zones of 3 to 8.

Typically reaches 3-7' tall when in bloom. Resembles a large Veronica, except its lance-shaped leaves, are in whorls on the stems rather than the opposite. Dense, slender spikes (racemes) of tiny, tube-like, white to pale blue flowers open from the top down in late spring to early summer atop strong, upright stems.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Culver's root, Veronica
Maximum Reachable Height 4 feet
Flower Colour White to pale blue
Bloom Time July and August.
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

  • Place plants in full sun in average, well-drained soil.
  • Drainage is important; do not place where roots will sit in water.
  • Leaves develop the best flavor in full sun.

    Leptandra virginica care

    Growing plants can be inexpensive, particularly when growing them from seed. Seeds of plants flowers should usually be sown directly into the sunny flower bed, as developing roots do not like to be disturbed.

    Sunlight Full Sun
    Watering Medium to wet
    Soil Well-drained soil
    Temperature 50 degrees F
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

    Leptandra virginica special feature

    This root, when fresh, is a somewhat acrid cathartic; but drying dissipates its harshness, and it is then an almost pure relaxant. Its action is mild and very slow the cathartic result rarely being obtained from a common dose in less than ten hours, and sometimes not for eighteen hours.

    Leptandra virginica uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • The plant is used for an ornamental purpose

    Medicinal Use:

    • The stomach as an organ feels its impression; as is made known by a slight sense of nausea it usually occasions, and which sometimes is quite unpleasant and continues for several hours
    • Note: Please consult your health expert

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Leptandra virginica ?

    Leptandra virginica is commonly known as Culver's root, Veronica

    How tall do Leptandra virginica grow?

    On average Leptandra virginica grows 4 feet

    What color are Leptandra virginica ?

    A Leptandra virginica plant bears flowers of color White to pale blue

    When Leptandra virginica blooms?

    With enough light, Leptandra virginica may produce White to pale blue flowers in July and August.

    How hard is Leptandra virginica to grow?

    A Leptandra virginica is Easy to grow

    How much sunlight does a Leptandra virginica need?

    A Leptandra virginica prefers Full Sun

    How much water does a Leptandra virginica need?

    A Leptandra virginica prefers watering Medium to wet

    What kind of soil does a Leptandra virginica need?

    A Leptandra virginica prefers Well-drained soil

    What temperature does a Leptandra virginica like?

    A Leptandra virginica prefers 50 degrees F

    How often should I fertilize my Leptandra virginica ?

    To encourage Leptandra virginica growth, Apply any organic fertilizer


    Sunday, 17 November 2019

    Got the plant in excellent shape. Looks great!


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