Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Fascination’

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Veronicastrum virginicum Fascination

‘Fascination’ Culver’s Root is a lovely tall native which is topped in July and August by graceful 12″ lilac to pale blue spikes. The lanceolate leaves cover the tall stems in a distinct climbing whorl pattern. Veronicastrum ‘Fascination’ is a tough long lived perennial that is particularly effective in prairie gardens and the back of perennial beds and borders.

48 Inches 24 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone


Current Availability

Qty Avail Description Future Crop
0 Veronicastrum virginicum Fascination #2 (violet) 200

Characteristics & Attributes


Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Dried Flower
Soil Conditions

Bloom Time


Partial Shade/Shade Tolerant
Attracts Wildlife

Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Pollinators

Clay Soil Tolerant
Foliage Color


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Veronicastrum, Culver’s Root, Blackroot, Bowman’s Root ‘Fascination’




Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown – Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown – Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown – Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Plainfield, Illinois

Waukegan, Illinois

Hudson, New Hampshire

Sherwood, Oregon

Bellingham, Washington

Fascination Culver’s Root flowers

Fascination Culver’s Root flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height: 3 feet

Flower Height: 4 feet

Spacing: 30 inches


Hardiness Zone: 3

Other Names: Culver’s Physic


A very attractive plant as an accent in any garden but more so in butterfly gardens and near watersides, with its whorled leaves and uniquely arranged spikes that resemble a candelabra

Ornamental Features

Fascination Culver’s Root features unusual spikes of lilac purple flowers with blue overtones rising above the foliage from mid summer to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Fascination Culver’s Root is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Fascination Culver’s Root is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Fascination Culver’s Root will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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