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VERONICA spicata 'Blue Fox'

Image of Veronica spicata 'Blue Fox'

Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

VERONICA spicata 'Blue Fox'

Plant Common Name

Blue Fox Speedwell, Spike Speedwell, Veronica

General Description

Veronica spicata ‘Blue Fox’ adds pizzazz to the summer garden with its compact spires of bright, violet-blue flowers. Attractive to bees and butterflies, the blooms appear over a long period from early summer to midsummer atop low mounds of green, toothed, lance-shaped foliage.

Thriving in full sun and reasonably rich, well-drained soil, Veronica spicata ‘Blue Fox’ performs best with regular moisture, and blooms most abundantly if the flowers are cut back as they fade. ‘Blue Bouquet’ is an attractive addition to the mixed perennial border, and its colorful blooms make great cut flowers.

The genus Veronica encompasses a large number of annuals, perennials and sub-shrubs, most of which are native to Europe. Veronica species may be prostrate or upright, and occur in a variety of habitats ranging from moist meadows to dry, rocky alpine areas. Small, lobed, narrow to open, tubular flowers in shades of blue, purple, white or pink are held either singly or in dense to loose, upright spikes. The many forms of Veronica have yielded numerous excellent, garden-worthy cultivars and hybrids.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    14"-16" / 35.6cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    12"-14" / 30.5cm - 35.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Turkey, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No