Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Lilac Carina’- (Culver’s Physic)


This is a tall and elegant plant, which is valuable for adding colour and interest towards the back of the border, its formwill remain interesting well into winter.


This plant bears huge branching spires of blue-mauve flowers which form handsome arches . They flower in late summer and have very attractive dark green leaves which form a tall, solid brushy clump.

The flower spikes  are attractive to butterflies. The plant has a long history of medicinal use in ages past for various disorders of the liver and other organs.

Sowing advice

For best results, sow seeds immediately onto a good soil-based compost.

Sow onto a good seed raising mix. Do not cover seeds. Keep at 20 deg C. Keep moist , water from the bottom of the tray, but don’t waterlog. If there is no germination within 3-4 weeks put the pot into a plastic bag, together with a tag which has the date of entry,  seal it , and leave in the door or vege compartment of the fridge for 4 weeks.  Then take out of fridge and keep at 18-20 deg C. in a light position. They can take some time to germinate and sometimes will wait until spring .



Additional information


Hardy Perennial

Common Name

Blackroot, Bowman's root, Culver's Physic, Culvers' root, Leptandra virginica, Lilac carina



Maximum Height

2 metres

Number of seeds in packet