Veronica Magic Show White Wands
Veronica 'White Wands' courtesy of Walters Gardens

Spike Speedwell

'White Wands' is the perfect height to plant behind your front of the border perennials, where it will bloom from mid to late summer. The excellent rebloom of this plant keeps it in colour long after other Veronicas have stopped. Honeybees, hummingbirds, and butterflies delight in the sweet nectar from the blooms. The dark green, glossy leaves display better disease resistance than older Veronicas. Veronica is valued for its ease of growth and long bloom time. The spiky flowers are an excellent contrast to the more common rounded flower shapes like Shasta Daisies, Coneflower, and Black Eyed Susans. Expect bees to be buzzing about this plant when in bloom.

  • Height: 35-40 cm (14-16 in)
  • Spread: 40-50 cm (16-20 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4-8
  • Sun or Shade: minimum 4 hours of direct sun
  • Bloom Time: early to mid summer with rebloom
  • Leaf Colour: dark green
  • Bloom Colour: white
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: bees and butterflies

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow Veronica in average soil that has been amended with organic material. It flowers best in full sun. Deadheading will promote more bloom. When all the flowers are done cut it back to the basal rosette to maintain an attractive appearance.