Common Names: Veronica, Speedwell

Botanical names: Veronica, (ver-RON-ik-ah)

Availability: Year round; peak supplies available June through September

Vase life: 5 to 7 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Upright spikes of small florets, used primarily as a filler flower.

Color: White, purple, pink and blue

Botanical facts: The name Veronica derives from the resemblance of the flower to the markings on the handkerchief of St. Veronica.

Design notes: Veronica is used primarily as a filler. The long, curving flower tips add interest to a floral design.

Purchasing hints: Purchase when half of the buds are open and half still closed.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the waterline. Cut stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Native to Europe and Asia. Some common relatives include calceolaria, snapdragon, foxglove, monkeyflower and penstemon.

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