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VERONICA spicata 'Red Fox'

Image of Veronica spicata 'Red Fox' ('Rotfuchs')

Grandiflora

Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

VERONICA spicata 'Red Fox' ('Rotfuchs')

Plant Common Name

Red Fox Speedwell, Spike Speedwell

General Description

The rose-pink flower spikes of ‘Red Fox’ will add pizzazz to the summer garden. Spike speedwell is a long-blooming ornamental that offers pretty spikes of flowers in summer and sometimes into fall. This clump or mat-forming plant originates from Europe and western Asia where is inhabits open grasslands, hills and woodsides.

The foliage is rich green and turns yellow-green in fall. In summer it bears upright, candle-like spikes of many rose-pink flowers. These are lightly fragrant, highly attractive to bees and butterflies and will continue blooming if regularly deadheaded.

This sun-loving perennial grows best in fertile to average soil with good drainage. It is a great plant for rock gardens, mixed borders and can even be used as a small-scale herbaceous groundcover. It pairs well with Dianthus, blue fescue and dwarf daylilies.

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

    0"-0" / 0.0cm - 0.0cm (15)

  • Width

    0"-0" / 0.0cm - 0.0cm (15)

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Europe, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Rose

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow

  • 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

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No