Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Grow Me Instead

Spike speedwell

Veronica spicata

About This Species

Zone 3a

Grow me instead of Purple loosestrife

Spike speedwell is an herbaceous perennial with pointed green leaves and masses of woolly, conical purple flower heads in the summer. Growing to 45 cm tall, Spike speedwell is loved by bees and butterflies. For best results, plant this species in moist, well-drained soil in full sun and it will keep blooming throughout the summer.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Fire smart
  • Bear smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Moist but well-drained conditions