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PlantFiles: Speedwell, Veronica
Veronica spicata 'First Love'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica (veh-RON-ih-ka) (Info)
Species: spicata (spi-KAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: First Love

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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:
Full Sun

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Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive iowhen On Oct 22, 2013, iowhen from Iowa City, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

The color of these blooms is a blast of rose red. Still going strong here at the tail end of the season, long after my spike speedwells have given up.

Also hardy as heck. Love it!

Edited to add: it did not look like it would come back from our hard winter. It started greening late, but looks very strong. Blooms will be later than normal.


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

Lawrenceville, Georgia
Iowa City, Iowa
Dudley, North Carolina
Dunn, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Galena, Ohio
Grapevine, Texas

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