NC State Extension

Veronica ‘Blauriesen’

Trial: Perennial

Years Trialed: 1998, 1999

Good Qualities:

Year 1:

Rich blue color (4); Length of stem; Large flower heads. Vigorous; Productive; Nice in bouquets. Long lasting.

Year 2:

Good deep blue color (5); I really love it. It keeps on coming, too; Good length, productive plant; Best blue veronica that is not patented; Showy flower heads (thick); Excellent foliage; Excellent flower timing; Hardy.

Problems:

Year 1:

Too short this first year (3).

Year 2:

Too short (2); Wilts if not cut at the right stage or if cut in the middle of the day. Also wilts quickly when I take to the farmer’s markets; Some black splotches on leaves; Plants are in poor health, would like to see what they do after moving this fall.

Comments:

Year 1:

Similar to other blue veronicas and to Veronica ‘Sunny Border Blue’; Hopefully this will lengthen out for us next year. Seems to be good product. We had a very hot dry summer and irrigated regularly but still very short. My veronica is always short; Slow grower. Still picking September 30; Florist really like this one; Expect they will do very well in 1999.

Year 2:

Last well in a vase if cut at the right time and kept cool. One of my favorite spike flowers and one of my favorites for color. Keeps blooming for a long time as well; I worked with only 1 plant but I think it is good; Best blue veronica for cutting on open market today. Taller than ‘Sunny Border Blue’; Really nice flower form, I think it would be worth the effort to try and get longer stems; Did not grow very well in 1999. This was a better plant in 1998.

Trial Data

Year 1

Veronica ‘Blauriesen’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating (1) Repeat Again Rating (1) Ease of Cultivation Rating (1)
Average 4.5 15.9 4.2 4.1 3.9

(1) Data shown are from those respondents who harvested stems. Some respondents may not have harvested stems because they were too short. Flowering stems may be longer next year after plants are established. See comments section for more details.

(2) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

Year 2

Veronica ‘Blauriesen’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating (1) Repeat Again Rating (1) Ease of Cultivation Rating (1)
Average 11.7 18.7 4.1 4.7 4.4

(1) Data shown are from those respondents who harvested stems. Some respondents may not have harvested stems because they were too short. Flowering stems may be longer next year after plants are established. See comments section for more details.

(2) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

Supplier

Here & Now Gardens

P.O. Box 6

Gales Creek, OR 97117

503-357-5774

FAX 503-357-3858

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