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PlantFiles: Spike Speedwell
Veronica spicata 'Red Fox'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica (veh-RON-ih-ka) (Info)
Species: spicata (spi-KAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Fox
Additional cultivar information: (aka Rotfuchs)

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39 members have or want this plant for trade.

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

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 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


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Clary On Jun 18, 2013, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Love the form and color of this plant. It is the perfect companion to lavender. I have several blue/purple spike veronicas as well and I love them too, but this color seems very old-fashioned and natural in the garden. Performs very well.

Positive MiniPonyFarmer On May 30, 2010, MiniPonyFarmer from Gilmer, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

A beautiful addition to the cottage garden. I must add, that in my experience, this plant resents having its roots disturbed. I bought large pots of Red Fox and the roots were whorled and forming mats outside the pots. Learn a lesson from me and don't aggressively tease the root ball on Red Fox. Just plant it straight into the ground. Mine stressed terribly for 3 solid weeks while I pampered them under artifical shade. I bought more of these later and did not tease or cut the root balls when planted and they did great. On the plus side, I rooted a cutting quite easily directly in the bed. Especially beautiful when the tips curve over and sway in the breeze.

Positive ladychroe On Jun 29, 2007, ladychroe from Bridgewater, NJ wrote:

This plant will bloom its first year, even if the baby plant is very small. I've had mine for three years, and I absolutely love it. If you deadhead it will bloom for months. The color is a very bright pink and stands out from a distance. Mixes well with blues and purples.

It seems to take a fair amount of shade, too. I have several in a spot that gets quite a bit of shade from nearby daylilies and a tree shadow that passes over, and they are the same size and just as floriferous as the ones grown in full sun. I may move one into an even shadier spot to see if it can handle it.

I have them growing in both amended and unamended NJ clay, and they look great in both spots.

Positive Marilynbeth On Nov 20, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Love it! Love the color! Have had it for years.

Neutral nikkyplant On Aug 4, 2006, nikkyplant from Oceanside, CA wrote:

It received too too too much water and drowned. I saved it and currently it is in a pot looking bright green and happy, no flowers yet.

Positive lightningbug On May 20, 2004, lightningbug from Buffalo, MN wrote:

2yrs ago started my first perinneal garden in Rockford MN. Picked this plant up because it is a Zone 3 Hardy and the tag told the truth. What a beautiful plant for northern gardners. has trippled in size and blooms first year. Dead-heading keeps the blooms-a-coming! Works much better in MN than Veronica sunny border blue which is also pretty but not as outgoing.

Positive DavidPat5 On Aug 23, 2003, DavidPat5 from Chicago, IL wrote:

Mine have been flowering for 2 months now. The flower stems will be shorter but, deadheading them will make them continue to bloom longer. They make good cut flowers.


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

Gaylesville, Alabama
Oceanside, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Colchester, Connecticut
Alpharetta, Georgia
Decatur, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois (3 reports)
Fox River Grove, Illinois
Lake In The Hills, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Greenville, Indiana
Iowa City, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Salvisa, Kentucky
Stockton Springs, Maine
Caro, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Buffalo, Minnesota
Hebron, Nebraska
Sandown, New Hampshire
Bridgewater, New Jersey
North Brunswick, New Jersey
Hurley, New York
Schenectady, New York
Bucyrus, Ohio
Bend, Oregon
Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Reading, Pennsylvania
Knoxville, Tennessee
Maryville, Tennessee
Gilmer, Texas
Hereford, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Tremonton, Utah
Lyndonville, Vermont
Radford, Virginia
Brewster, Washington
Spokane, Washington

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