Veronicastrum virginicum (L.) Farw.

Blackroot, Bowman's-root, Culver's-root, Tall Speedwell

Cultivar Adoration

Cultivar Adoration

Family: Plantaginaceae

Genus: Veronicastrum

Category: Perennial

Zones: 3 to 8

Size: 4 to 7' tall and 2 to 4' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Lance-shaped leaves in whorls and spiky inflorescences, to 9" long with tube-like white to blue flowers. Well-drained medium to moist soil. Tolerates wet soil. Attractive to butterflies and rabbit resistant, easy to maintain (Oudolf).


Adoration - 6' tall. Purple stems, pink buds and lilac flowers Diana - 5' tall. White flowers Fascination - 6' tall. Blue flowers. Roseum - 5' tall. Pale pink flowers.


Published in Druggists' Circ. 61: 231 in 1917.

Basionym Veronica virginica L.

Native to Canada and the eastern and central US.

My Experience: 

Big Bloomers

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