Unbranched stems are topped by spiky racemes which are densely-clustered with tiny tubular white florets, open from the top down, and branch several times giving the appearance of an elegant candelabra. Narrowly oval, dark-green leaves are arranged in whorls around the stem.
Attracts bees, butterflies. Special value to native bees and supports beneficial insects.
The genus name, a combination of Veronica and the suffix astrum (“false”), describes this plant’s resemblance to the Veronicas. It is the only species in the genus.
Tolerates light shade but tends to flop and require support if grown in too much shade. Soils should not be allowed to dry out. Plants can be slow to establish in the garden – not reaching their potential for three or so years.
If a shorter height is desired, cut foliage back in early summer to reduce the final height of the plant. Deadhead to promote additional bloom, or may be cut back to basal growth after bloom to receive a second flush of growth and a second bloom.
Height: 4-7 ft.
Spread: 2-4 ft.
Bloom time: June to August
Sun: full sun
Water: medium to wet
photo credit: Fritz Flohr Reynolds