NC State Extension

Veronicastrum Virginicum

Trial: Perennial

Years Trialed: 1998, 1999

Good Qualities:

Year 1:

Spike is terrific (2); Wonderfully long spike for veronica; Vigorous. No pests. Gets very tall; The plants had very pretty flowers; Good sturdy plant.

Year 2:

White color (3); Good spike (2); Nice long stems; Tall veronica like bloom. No pest problems, no support; Good sturdy plant; Tall, grew well, should be lots of it next year.

Problems:

Year 1:

Too short this year (2); We await next year; The plants were small and had a low productivity due to the short bloom time. The foliage was always crisp from the high level of light it received.

Year 2:

The foliage got kind of ratty (it was a dry summer) and they didn’t always hold up well in a vase; Very short time frame for cutting. Must cut as first 1/5 of spike opens or it goes quickly; White not very popular. Needs wet soil; White and went kind of seedy looking.

Comments:

Year 1:

Similar to veronica (2); Expect to be better in second year (2); I am already growing a few plants of this. It makes a great cut with 18-24 inch stems and is sucked up by florists immediately; Not enough blooming at one time to harvest; Should overwinter I hope. I have grown this one before and it makes a good cut with long stems and pretty flowers.

Year 2:

This guy is okay but not one of my favorites; Didn’t get much reblooming as I had expected. Also, stems all seemed to be ready at the same time; Recommend Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Lavender’.

Trial Data

Year 1

Veronicastrum virginicum
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating (1) Repeat Again Rating (1) Ease of Cultivation Rating (1)
Average 7.4 20.4 3.2 4.3 4.3

(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

Veronicastrum virginicum
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating (1) Repeat Again Rating (1) Ease of Cultivation Rating (1)
Average 8.6 30.2 3.6 4.6 5.0

(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

North Creek Nursery (NC)

388 North Creek Rd.

Landenberg, PA 19350

610-255-0100

FAX 610-255-4762

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