Royal Candles Speedwell
Royal Candles Speedwell
Veronica spicata 'Glory' Plant Patent #18,932Item #1739 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
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Expect a profusion of vibrant, violet-blue flower spikes over an exceptionally long season from this easy to grow perennial. Upright, neat and compact habit is perfect for containers, front of borders, and cutting gardens.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 12 inches tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:veh-RON-ih-ka spi-KAH-tuhPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth habit:CompactGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 12 inches tall and wide.Special features:Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Compact Form, Deer Resistant, Easy CareFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Late Spring into FallFlower color:BlueGarden styleCottagePatent 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)
- CareCare InformationThrives 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.