Veronicastrum 'Challenger'
Veronicastrum 'Challenger'
Veronicastrum 'Challenger'
Veronicastrum 'Challenger'
Veronicastrum 'Challenger'

Veronicastrum 'Challenger'

"Culver's root"

Veronicastrum 'Challenger'

1 bare root — £3.48

Order today, receive in May/early June
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Orders placed before 1 March 2024
You can expect your order in March 2024

Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
You can expect your order in March/April 2024

Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
You can expect your order within 10 business days

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Set your sights high and achieve your garden goals with pale pink Veronicastrum 'Challenger'! Whilst it’s challenging to find a plant as unique and impressive as this, it’s certainly not a challenge to grow it. This hardy perennial as such a dream—it’s fully hardy, perennial, strong, uniform and prolific. This means that by including the pretty Veronicastrum 'Challenger', you can create an almost effortlessly gorgeous planting scheme which features incredible blooms at lofty heights, soothing movement, beautiful colour and interesting structure. Also, if you’re keen to help the bees, be assured that they will love this plant as much as you will.  

Give Veronicastrum virginicum 'Challenger' (commonly known as Culver’s root) a space in a sunny border and allow it to establish there. Over the years, this clump-forming perennial will gradually increase in size and produce more stems. The flowers of Veronicastrum 'Challenger' are particularly eye catching, with multiple upright prongs which splay out from the base of the main flower spike. This creates a denser display of colour which is eye catching from afar as well as fascinating to admire up close. 

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Veronicastrum virginicum 'Challenger'ᴾᴮᴿ

  • Flower colour

    Pale pink

  • Plant size


  • Established height


  • Established spread


  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour


  • Habit


  • Life cycle


  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position


  • Suitable for

    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity


  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented


  • Pollinator-friendly


  • Mouse resistant


  • Rabbit resistant


  • Deer resistant


  • Toxicity

    No report

Useful information

    • Soak your Veronicastrum 'Challenger' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Culver's root" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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The beauty of perennial plants doesn’t just lie in their long-lasting flowers and sturdy, resilient nature, but it’s their sheer determination to keep on coming back stronger every year —in year one they’re good, but in future years they’re even better!

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