Jun 27 2010
Here’s a stunning flower that blooms in western Pennsylvania from June to September. I notice it on my travels in late summer.
Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum) is tall and showy – two to five feet tall with five or six densely packed spikes of small white flowers. The flowers turn brown quickly so it won’t always look as perfect as this.
The most curious thing to me about Culver’s Root is that it’s native to both eastern North America and to Asia. I wonder how that happened… Did birds carry its seeds?
If you’d like to see it in western Pennsylvania, visit Jennings Prairie in July.
(photo by Dianne Machesney)