Did you know Veronicastrum virginicum, also commonly known as Culver’s Root, attracts honey bees, bumble bees, and various wild solitary bees in our ecoregion 231? Read on.
Name: Veronicastrum virginicum
Common: Culver’s Root
Zones: Herbaceous perennial
Size: 4 to 7 feet tall and 2 to 4 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun, medium to wet moisture
Zone: 3 to 8
Attracts: Culver’s Root nectar attracts Leafcutter bees, Sweatbees, Yellow-Faced Bees, Syrphid flies moths and butterflies including: Red Admiral, Azure, and Eastern Tailed Blue.
Culver’s Root is also a host plant for the Culver’s Root borer moth.
In the Bee Better Teaching Garden, we grow it for its showiness. Unfortunately ours in grown in part shade, so it tends to flop, but it works just the same as it mingles with other pollinator plants at a lower level.
On Lindtner honeybee scale of 0 to 5, pollen and nectar content is 2 and 3, respectively. Culver’s Root pollen attracts Green Sweat Bees. Long-Horned Bees, bumblebees, honeybees, Mason bees, Masked bees, and Syrphid flies