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Veronica spicata

Common Name(s):

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veh-RON-ih-ka spi-KAH-tuh
Description

Speedwell is a herbaceous perennial that is easy to grow.  It prefers moist, well-drained soil in the full sun.  Blooms late spring to mid-summer. Shear down to the basal rosette when done blooming for repeat fall blooms. Use this plant for cut flowers, rock gardens, borders and perennial beds.

Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems:  Root rot can occur in overly wet soils especially in the winter.

Quick ID

  • Flowers blue, in dense terminal racemes
  • Flowers small, star-shaped
  • Leaves opposite, toothed in middle
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Icicle'
    White flower
  • ‘Purpleicious'
    Purple flowers
  • 'Rosea'
    Pink flowers
  • 'Royal Candles'
    Compact, purple flowers
  • 'Tickled Pink'
    Pink flowers
Tags:
#bees#wildlife plant#nectar plant#blue flowers#cut flowers#low maintenance#rabbit resistant#upright#flower arrangements#deer resistant#foundation planting#rock gardens#borders#pollinator plant#clumping#fantz#butterfly friendly#HS302
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Icicle'
    White flower
  • ‘Purpleicious'
    Purple flowers
  • 'Rosea'
    Pink flowers
  • 'Royal Candles'
    Compact, purple flowers
  • 'Tickled Pink'
    Pink flowers
Tags:
#bees#wildlife plant#nectar plant#blue flowers#cut flowers#low maintenance#rabbit resistant#upright#flower arrangements#deer resistant#foundation planting#rock gardens#borders#pollinator plant#clumping#fantz#butterfly friendly#HS302
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Veronica
    Species:
    spicata
    Family:
    Plantaginaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe and Asia
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Terminal racemes appear in summer on 24 - 30 inch stems with many tiny blue star-shaped flowers. Spikes narrow at the tips.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Up to 2-inch long leaves are opposite, simple, linear-lanceolate to oblong to ovate, acute, cuneate, crenate to subentire apically and basally, pubescent.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pond
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits