• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 12 inches tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Long Bloom Season
    Blooms:
    Late Spring into Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:veh-RON-ih-ka spi-KAH-tuh
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 12 inches tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late Spring into Fall
    Flower color:Blue
    Garden styleCottage
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThis little spiky veronica is perfect for front of the border. Makes a fine informal edging along flagstone paths or sidewalks. Exceptional against white picket fences or combined with white flowers to provide plenty of contrast for the rich blue coloring. Can be spotted into woodland edges and into cottage gardens for old fashioned charm.
    Companion PlantsRose (Rosa); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Coneflower (Echinacea); Blue Fescue (Festuca); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average, fast draining soils with consistent moisture; avoid overly wet winter conditions. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Clip spent flower stems for a neat appearance. May be cut back to basal growth after flowering, and divided every 2 to 3 years, in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This old fashioned member of the figwort family is a genus of about 250 species native to the North Temperate Zone. The species originates in norther Europe and parts of Asia. This and many other modern hybrids include ancestry of V. incana and its many subspecies. This cultivar was derived from 'Sunny Border Blue' by Heather Philpot of Plant Haven Nursery in England. Superior Royal Candles earned Plant of the Year in 2001.
    Lore:
    Veronica was so named by Linnaeus after Saint Veronica, a figure in the Christian Gospels.

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