Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's Root)
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|Habitat:||part shade, sun; fields, prairies, edges of woods|
|Bloom season:||June - August|
|Plant height:||3 to 6 feet|
|Wetland Indicator Status:||GP: FAC MW: FAC NCNE: FAC|
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Spike cluster up to 10 inches long densely packed with 4-parted white tubular flowers, each about ¼ inch long with 2 yellow or reddish brown-tipped stamens. The flowers bloom from the bottom of the spike up. Several spikes surround the main spike at the top of the plant.
Leaves and stem:
Leaves are whorled in groups of 3 to 7, with 4 or 5 most common. Each leaf is up to 8 inches long and 1½ inches wide with sharp, fine teeth, tapering to a point at both ends, with little or no leaf stalk. The underside of the leaves is hairy. The main stem is smooth and round.
Like a number of other species formerly in the Scrophulariaceae (Figwort) family, Veronicastrum has been reassigned to Plantaginaceae (Plantain).
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Photos by K. Chayka taken at Long Lake Regional Park, Ramsey County. Photos courtesy Peter M. Dziuk taken in Anoka County.
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