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Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Eastern Bluebird
Audubon Native Culvers Root and native birds
Audubon Native Culvers Root perennial product shot
Audubon Native Culvers Root perennial white flower
Up close shot of Audubon Native Culvers Root flower
Native Culvers Root
Native Regions map for Culvers Root
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Eastern Bluebird



  • Deep green foliage shoots up towards the sky and can reach over 6' tall
  • By mid-summer, slim white spikes with a hint of lavender coloring emerge, adding another foot to the height
  • Plant in your native garden, wildflower and cut-flower gardens or as a vertical accent in your landscape 
  • Attracts beneficial pollinators to your garden
  • May Benefit & Attract: Cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos, wood warblers
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees and plants are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

    Growth Facts

    • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
    • Mature Height: 3-7' tall
    • Mature Width: 2-4' wide
    • Exposure: Full Sun
    • Spacing: 2-4' apart

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    Why plant Audubon® Culvers Root?

    This stately Spirit will lend a structural element to your garden. In summer, Culver’s Root raises its slim white spikes, arranged symmetrically around a central spire, high in the sky. Garden writers Piet Oudolf and Henk Gerritsen call the look “Gothic.” Even before flowering, however, the plant is architectural. The dark green leaves climb the stems in clearly defined tiers of foliage. Not merely eye candy, Culver’s Root is valuable to pollinators, too. It nourishes native bees and butterflies, while looking sharp in the landscape. Use it in mixed borders, foundation plantings, cottage gardens, and wildlife-friendly spaces of all sorts.

    This plant reportedly gets its name from an early eighteenth–century physician, Dr. Culver, who used it medicinally, as a laxative. No other information seems to remain about him, though his name lives on in the plant. Culver’s Root is a cherished American Spirit that many regions can claim as a native wildflower. It can be found in the wild from North Dakota to Maine in the North and from East Texas to Florida in the South (it also ranges into Canada). Native bees cherish Culver Root for its generous offerings of nectar and pollen. Bumblebees, mason bees, masked bees, and sweat bees are its biggest fans.

    How to use Audubon® Culvers Root in the landscape?

    Try Culver’s Root with Garden Phlox, another American native Spirit. The chunky pink cones of the Phlox will contrast nicely with the skinny white spikes of Culver’s Root. They bloom at the same time, and both like to grow in the same conditions.

    Why Bower & Branch?

    We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

    Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

    What is the definition of Native?

    “In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

    Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

    Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

    How To Plant Audubon® Culvers Root

    Culver’s Root favors full sun or light shade. Afternoon shade is recommended in the South, though an excess of shade can lead to floppy stems. This plant is not particularly drought tolerant and must either be watered during dry spells or planted in a low spot that naturally stays moist. It is slow growing and takes a few years to really shine. Once it bulks up, however, it becomes a magnificent specimen. It is long-lived and doesn’t need to be divided to keep it growing vigorously, like some perennials do. Leave stems standing for winter architecture, then cut them down in early spring.

    How To Water

    Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water very slowly and very thoroughly. The water needs to reach to the bottom of the root ball and that takes time. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

    How To Fertilize

    Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late year. Continue this for three years to get your plant well established.

    How To Prune

    Each fall, just before winter sets in clean up the previous years foliage and compost it. Be sure your perennials are mulched well for winter protection. Two inches of an organic mulch will do the job. Consider leaving the plant debris in place through the winter and doing your clean up on the weather warms in the spring. While it doesn't make things neat and tidy, the debris provides overwintering protection for insects, their eggs and pupae including our native Viceroy butterfly.

    Planting Zones

    Hardiness Zone: 3-8

    How Does Shipping Work?

    Size Small (AAA), Medium (A2A), and Large (AA) plants (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 1 review
    Nancy Harrington
    Nancy H

    We are always looking for different things to add that are pollinator friendly for our zone. My daughter picked this one. It planted well and so far is thriving.

    Hi Nancy -
    Thank you so much for your kind words and review - we truly appreciate them as well as you! If you ever have any questions about your plants, please don't hesitate to reach out :) We hope you enjoy your plants for years to come!
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