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Veronicastrum virginicum (L.) Farw.

Culver’s root

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
GenusVeronicastrumFrom the genus name Veronica (Christian legend claims Saint Veronica gave her veil to Christ to wipe his forehead while he was carrying the cross to Calvary) and astrum meaning star or incomplete resemblance
SpeciesvirginicumFrom or referring to Virginia

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Leptandra virginica (L.) Nutt.

Veronica virginica L.


Veronicastrum virginicum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 17 × 12" (44 × 29 cm)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

12/12/2020 · By Jacquelyn Boyt


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