Veronicastrum 'Cupid'
Veronicastrum 'Cupid'
Veronicastrum 'Cupid'
Veronicastrum 'Cupid'

Veronicastrum 'Cupid'

"Culver's root"

Veronicastrum 'Cupid'

1 bare root — £5.96

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Description

For glorious summer spikes of purple/blue/deep lilac, look no further than Veronicastrum 'Cupid'. It's a tall, herbaceous perennial to 90-120cm, with twists of narrow, dark green, pointed leaves. Throughout summer and early autumn, long candelabra-like flower spikes are topped by beautiful, richly coloured blooms. Veronicastrum 'Cupid' is a gloriously thick and stocky plant, and the flowers are a magnet for bees and other pollinators. They are also excellent for cutting.

Known as Culver’s root, veronicastrums are outstanding plants from eastern North America. Veronicastrum virginicum 'Cupid' has been refined by breeders, who have created a plant that deserves a special spot in any sunny border. For best results, grow 'Cupid' in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. If you deadhead the spent blooms, you will encourage flowering for even longer. Mulch with well-rotted manure or compost in autumn. And, even better, after a few years, clumps may be easily divided to give you many more plants; do this in early spring.

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 'Cupid'

  • Flower colour

    Purple

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    1.2-1.8m

  • Established spread

    70cm-1m

  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Damp

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Clay
    Stony
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Useful information

    • Soak your Veronicastrum 'Cupid' 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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