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Veronica spicata ‘Royal Candles’ (Spike Speedwell)

Spike Speedwell 'Royal Candles', Veronica spicata 'Glory', Veronica 'Royal Candles', Verbascum 'Royal Candles', Veronica longifolia 'Royal Candles', Veronica 'Ulster Blue Dwarf'

Veronica spicata 'Royal Candles', Spike Speedwell 'Royal Candles', Blue Flowers, Blue flower spikes, Violet Flowers, Violet flower spikes

Regarded by many as the best upright form of Speedwell, Veronica spicata ‘Royal Candles’ (Spike Speedwell) is a bushy, upright, clump-forming perennial producing dense, slender spikes of star-shaped, deep blue-purple flowers from early to late summer. Attractive to butterflies, the flowers open from the base upward and sway above the bushy foliage mound of lance-shaped, deep green leaves. Unlike some other veronicas, the bottom foliage of this variety does not die out. This quality coupled with its compact habit makes it ideal for the front of the border, as an edging, or in containers where it will create a dramatic impact.

  • Grows up to 15-18 in. high (37-45 cm) and 15 in. wide (37 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun, in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates light shade. Best performance occurs with consistent moisture combined with sharp soil drainage.
  • Perfect choice for borders, cottage gardens, coastal gardens, rock gardens, or containers. Good edging plant too. Exceptional as cut flowers. Best when planted in groups.
  • Easy to grow, Speedwell requires very low care and is fairly pest and disease-free (some susceptibility to mildew). It is attractive to butterflies, but resistant to rabbit and deer.
  • Remove spent flowers to promote additional blooms. Shear back the foliage if it becomes worn-looking after flowering.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Plantaginaceae
Genus Veronica
Common names Speedwell
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 15" (40cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Salt, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Veronica longifolia ‘First Memory’ (Speedwell)
Veronica ‘Very Van Gogh’ (Spike Speedwell)
Veronica ‘Blue Skywalker’ (Spike Speedwell)
Veronica spicata Snow Candles (Spike Speedwell)
Veronica repens (Creeping Speedwell)
Veronica perfoliata (Digger’s Speedwell)

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Plantaginaceae
Genus Veronica
Common names Speedwell
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 15" (40cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Salt, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden
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