Culver's Virginiaor

Culver's Virginiaor

Culver's Virginia

Culver’s Virginia serves delicious, quality frozen custard in a variety of flavors. You can find a location near you here. Let us know if you have any questions or comments.Why are certain plants popular with gardeners and others not? It is a pattern that I have always found interesting, but suspect will never understand fully. Currently, one of the popular trends that will hopefully become the norm is adding native plants to the garden. These plants are beneficial for sustaining both the adult and the larval forms of our local insect populations. In addition, plants that provide color, height and texture during the summer months have also become very popular. Culver's Root, botanically known as Veronicastrum virginicum has all of these virtues, yet for some mysterious reason, it has yet to gain recognition within the gardening community.


Culver's Root is one of approximately 20 species of Veronicastrum found throughout North America, Europe and Asia. A member of the Plantain Family or Plantaginaeae, this species is native to open forests, meadows, grassy mountain slopes and prairies from Ontario south to Georgia and Louisiana. It was originally collected by the Reverend and Naturalist John Banister (1654–1692) soon after he moved to Virginia in 1679 and was initially named Veronica virginica in 1753 by the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778). It was not until 1917 that the herbarium curator and drug inspector for Park, Davis and Company, Oliver Atkins Farwell (1867–1944) assigned the proper genus name. Interestingly, the name Veronicastrum was not new to the world of plants, as it was originally penned in 1759 by the German botanist and surgeon Philipp Conrad Fabricius (1714–1774).

Obviously, it incorporates the genus name of Veronica, which was initially crafted by Linnaeus in 1753. According to Christian faith, St. Veronica gave her veil to Jesus to wipe the sweat from his face as he carried the cross to Calvary.Evidently, some species of Veronica have markings on the leaf that resemble St. Veronica's veil. Astrum is Latin for Star, indicating that Veronicastrum resembles or shines like Veronica! The species epithet honors the location of its discovery by John Banister. The common name pays tribute to Dr. Culver, a physician in the early Eighteenth Century who supposedly recommended the root for medicinal uses. Interestingly, there does not appear to be a record of Dr. Culver's life, indicating the use of the root by the doctor may be more of a myth than fact! (Source:njaes.rutgers.edu)



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