Veronica, Spike Speedwell 'Red Fox'

Veronica spicata

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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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:

Magenta (pink-purple)

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


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


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

Earlham, Iowa

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 30, 2018, hamptons from Watermill, NY wrote:

This doesnt last long for me. Ive planted it in many places over the years. Full sun, part sun. It comes back 2 years at most and is significantly smaller each time and then disappears. Its a nice looking plant, but I have veronicas that last much longer and look great every year.


On Apr 6, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

In their 2010 veronica performance evalutions, the Chicago Botanic Garden gave this cultivar 4 stars out of 5.

Like most veronicas, it's fairly sensitive to drought, but needs good drainage too, especially for winter survival.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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.


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.


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.