Culver's root


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Culver's root

(kŭl′vərz)
n.
1. A perennial herb (Veronicastrum virginicum) native to eastern North America, having whorled leaves and small white or pinkish flowers in slender spikes.
2. The rootstock of this plant, formerly used in medicine as a cathartic and an emetic.
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black root

(blak rūt)
Herbal made from Veronicastrum virginicum; foul-tasting, used as an emetic and cathartic; purported value in therapy for hepatic and biliary disorders. Hepatotoxicity reported.
Synonym(s): Culver's root, high veronica, physic root, tall speedwell, veronica.
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If you don't know culver's root but have grown veronica, think of culver's root as a veronica on steroids: bigger, showier and more robust.
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