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The unbranched stems of Culverï¿½s-root grow 2-6 ft. tall and are topped by several spikes of densely-clustered, tiny, white flowers. The total effect is candelabra-like. Narrowly oval, dark-green leaves are arranged in whorls around the stem. The common name was to honour Dr. Culver who prescribed the plant as an effective laxative. (Lamb/Rhynard) Dense, narrow, cylindrical, spike-like clusters of small, white, tubular flowers are at the top of an erect stem over whorled leaves.Culver's root is a member of the carrot family that grows above ground. It has natural root-like function which grows around the plant's stalk. It is used in a number of dishes such as risotto, other casseroles, stews, salads, and even stir-fries.Culver's Root can offer a strong upright accent to any perennial garden or prairie/savanna. It's an elegant unbranched plant, reaching heights of 5' with candelabra-like spikes of white flowers that open from the bottom up mid-summer.
A Prairie Moon • December 4 Hi Jay. It's an herbaceous perennial so it will come up from the ground each year. You could cut it all the way down to the ground - or some gardeners might even burn it. This wont' harm the plant. However, if you can leave your native plants standing all winter, there are many critters and insects that will be glad to call it home!Each species is different, so be sure to check the GERMINATION CODE listed on the website, in the catalog, or on your seed packet. Then, follow the GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS prior to planting. Some species don't need any pre-treatment to germinate, but some species have dormancy mechanisms that must be broken before the seed will germinate. Some dormancy can be broken in a few minutes, but some species take months or even years.
Always adhere to any instructions over winter to assure that the seeds are warm and moist when they germinate. NEVER bury the seeds. They will not.With rare exception, native plants grow very slowly. Fortunately, there are several books on germination out there for us to peruse for clues about how.BARE ROOT PLANTS are shipped during optimal transplanting time: Spring (April-May) and Fall (Oct). Some ephemeral species are also available for summer shipping. Since our plants are field-grown, Nature sets the schedule each year as to when our season will begin and end. We fill all orders, on a first-come, first-serve basis, to the best of our ability depending on weather conditions beyond our control. (Source: www.prairiemoon.com)