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Veronicastrum virginicum 'Pointed Finger'

Veronicastrum virginicum 'Pointed Finger'



About this cultivar:

Veronicastrum virginicum 'Pointed Finger' provides wavy, curved, bending to horizontal spikes of violet flowers that resemble pointed fingers. 

Quite a rude, judgemental kind of plant. It will happily boss you around the garden where ever you plant it. Try combining with Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' for an awesome accusatory autumn effect (see the combo in some of the photos).

Reminds me of the famous, often imitated, Field-Marshal Lord Kitchener poster used to recruit British Troops for the first world war.


  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil: Almost any soil, grows well in Ballyrobert
  • Flowers: July, August, September
  • Other features: Grows well in Ballyrobert, Great Ground Cover
  • Hardiness: H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20°C), Fully hardy, grows well in Ballyrobert
  • Habit: Clump forming, Columnar or Upright
  • Foliage: Deciduous
  • Height: 120 - 150 cm  (4 - 5 ft)
  • Spread: 90 - 120 cm (3 - 4 ft)
  • Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years
  • Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial
  • Colour: Green, red, purple
  • Goes well with: Helianthus 'Lemon Queen', Anemone rivularis

    About this genus:

    Veronicastrum is a genus of the plantain family (Plantaginaceae). In some taxonomy systems, Veronicastrum species have been placed within the genus Veronica. The most commonly cultivated species is Veronicastrum virginicum, which is native to the Eastern parts of North America.

    These elegant perennials impart a lofty vertical element to the late summer garden. Graced with distinctive narrow spires of densely arranged tiny flowers, Veronicastrum are native to meadows and woodlands, and are easy to grow in adequately moist soil.