Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate growth to 12 inches tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Showy Flowers
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer into fall
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
Plant type:Perennial
Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
Growth habit:Compact
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate growth to 12 inches tall and wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Summer 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 PlantsGroup Royal Candles with other elegant hardy perennials such as Pixie Meadowbrite Coneflower, (Echinacea 'Cone 2'), Firewitch Cheddar Pink, (Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch'), Volcano Pink White Eye Phlox, (Phlox paniculata 'Barthirtysix') and Nearly Wild Floribunda Rose, (Rosa x 'Nearly Wild').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove spent flower stems. Divide clumps 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:
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.