Speedwell, Veronica 'First Love'

Veronica spicata

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


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



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer


Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Patent applied for/pending

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 17, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Very showy, medium pink flowers bloom June-September if spikes are deadheaded weekly. Grows 2-3' tall. I'd space these 18-24" apart.

Late to begin growth in the spring. Divide in spring before much top growth has appeared. Slow to establish. Cut back stems to evergreen basal foliage at the end of season.

Best in full sun in well-drained/sharply drained soil with consistent moisture. Not very tolerant of drought. Requires excellent drainage in winter.


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.