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Veronica spicata 'Red Fox'

Synonym(s) Veronice spicata 'Rotfuchse'
Common name pink spike speedwell
Family scrophulariaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-8)
Flowers deep rose-pink spikes (late spring-summer)
Size 12-18"
Light full sun
Cultural notes average garden soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

A most charming veronica, whose flower spikes are more pink than red. Grows a lot smaller than its blue brethren. The foxtail metaphor works well due to the tendency for the spikes to curve around.

Veronica spicata 'Red Fox'
pink spike speedwell
Blue offspring - still short in stature, but no longer foxy-colored

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '00 trade. Sowed chaff/seed mix in baggy 70F (a few G, starting 4d)
  2. Seed from '02 garden. Selected small flat tan oblong seeds from chaff/seed mix, sowed in baggy 70F (67%G, 5d)
  3. Seed from '04 garden. Selected tan oblong seeds. Baggy 70F (100%G, 4-6d)
  4. Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 70F (76%G, 4-12d)

Seeds are hard to distinguish/separate from chaff. Sometimes comes true from seed, but I've had blue babies as well. Fairly good long-term viability

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