This Veronica may
be a cultivar from the Speedwell family. It is closely related to a widflower
from which it derives its name,Veronica virginica L.
The wild plant is called
Culvers' Root and is a popular Indian remedy, Bowmans' Root.
name (Veronicastrum) is derived from St. Veronica and astrum (star), after the
This is a North American native from
"Massachusets to Florida and Texas" (I have seen it wild in Ontario) and
will flower on varying ground from dry to rich and wet, preferably moist meadows
It will propagate
from the division of rhizomes in late Autumn, after flowering, or in
a bitter principle, leptandrine: to which the action is
"Small doses are valuable as a stomachic tonic, in
diarrhoea, dyspepsia and atony of the gasto-intestinal system.
Promotes the flow
of bile from the gall bladder.
Boiled in milk, it acts as a laxative; larger
doses are purgative or emetic."