Spike Speedwell 'Darwin's Blue'

Veronica spicata

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica (veh-RON-ih-ka) (Info)
Species: spicata (spi-KAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Darwin's Blue
Additional cultivar information:(PP13070, EUBR9216)



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:

Light Blue


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gadsden, Alabama

Santa Clara, California

Itasca, Illinois

Lexington, Massachusetts

Brewster, New York

Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)

Burleson, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 24, 2013, tcs1366 from Leesburg, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

years ago, I purchased this plant [set of 3] from Bluestone. A few yrs later I saved a bunch of seeds and was able to grow another... it bloomed first year, which is great for a perennial.

I absolutely love these plants. the blue spikes are stunning in the garden.


On Sep 3, 2011, catzgalore from Burleson, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I received seeds of this plant in a trade. I could not be happier! I WS'd the seeds and got this beautiful plant! I live in N. TX and we have pretty brutal summers. This year was even more brutal than normal with extreme record breaking temps and draught. With all of this, this plant has thrived and bloomed nonstop. In fact it's Sept now and it's still in full bloom!! This has very quickly became one of my favorite perennials!! A++++++ in my book!!!