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PlantFiles: Spike Speedwell
Veronica spicata

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

Synonym:Veronica spicata subsp. spicata
Synonym:Veronica kelleri

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19 members have or want this plant for trade.

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pink
Blue-Violet
Purple
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Herbaceous

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:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive bobbieberecz On Apr 18, 2014, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

I had given up on the veronicas because for me the bottoms of the plants always got ratty looking with dried leaves. When they bloomed I had to deadhead then wait for new flowers to emerge. I stopped buying them until last summer when I came across "twilight". The sign boasted it was superior to other veronicas in blooms and strength. The foliage always looks moist and fresh and true to the sign it bloomed nonstop with much larger and pretentious blooms than any of my other veronicas. No ratty lower stems. It is growing abundantly this year in spite of our night time frosts and has more than doubled in size. I may even be able to take a bit off the side and start another plant elsewhere! I have loam/silt soil with a good nutritious mulch. It gets sun morning to about 3 P.M. then shade the rest of the day. GREAT plant!! It survived a 5* freezing spell this winter.

Positive Marilynbeth On Nov 17, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Love the Veronicas! I have at least 6 different varieties.

I keep them deadheaded so that they stay in bloom all Summer.

Positive Gabrielle On Jan 16, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

For me, this plant is best the first year when it stays small and upright. Following years it gets taller and likes to flop. It seeds itself in different places, so I have let the new ones grow, and taken out the older ones. Blooms June -September in my garden.

My information says it is hardy in zones 3-10. Light aids germination of seeds.

Neutral Weezingreens On Nov 28, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Spike Speedwell is a low to mid-height perennial of upright habit, mainly spreading by slowly creeping rootstocks. It is fast-growing with a long lifespan. The dense foliage has a fine texture, and the tiny blue-purple blooms develope on moderate spikes, lasting from summer until fall.

Native to Europe and Asia, it grows on rocky limestone hills and in grasslands. It is one of the most common veronicas grown in U.S. gardens. Spike speedwell prefers fertile, moist but well-drained soil. It is somewhat heat and drought. This is a naturalizing plant.

Positive Noel333 On Oct 2, 2002, Noel333 wrote:

I am not sure what exact variety I have; however, it is the blue-violet color. Just one of these plants has attracted hummingbirds to my yard, and numerous bees - which is fantastic! I live in Sterling, VA and it has bloomed all summer long - and it is October and it is still going strong. I have it growing in a large container on a deck and it has done very well.

The variety I have has wider leaves with a more fringed appearance than those shown - any ideas on which variety this could be would be welcomed.

Regional...

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

Montgomery, Alabama
Seward, Alaska
Sterling, Alaska
Prescott, Arizona
Hesperia, California
Knights Landing, California
Paradise, California
Kiowa, Colorado
Ocean View, Delaware
Panama City, Florida
Braselton, Georgia
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Kirklin, Indiana
Barbourville, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Prospect, Kentucky
Wells, Maine
Grasonville, Maryland
Foxboro, Massachusetts
Spencer, Massachusetts
Constantine, Michigan
Douglas, Michigan
Mason, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Florence, Mississippi
Kansas City, Missouri
Bigfork, Montana
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Hannibal, New York
Rochester, New York
Asheville, North Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
Edmond, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Watsontown, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Dallas, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Leesburg, Virginia
Clearlake, Washington
Concrete, Washington
Freeland, Washington
Kalama, Washington
De Pere, Wisconsin



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