Culver and Phlox

The only problem with planting prairie natives is that they’re *so* hardy and happy in this environment that they have a tendency to get huge / spread, and then crowd out the other plants. This is Culver’s Root / Veronicastrum virginicum, and I quite like it, esp. the pale purple variety, but if I’m not careful, my garden will be all Culver’s Root all the time very quickly. The name is derived from Dr. Coulvert of the late 17th to early 18th century, who found laxative properties in the plant.

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Garden phlox, another prairie native. LOVE the scent of them, sort of a mix of honey and hay, wafting up to the porch as I work.


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