Veronica spicata 'Royal Candles' PP18932
Common name: Spiked Speedwell.
Zones 3 to 8.
Full sun to part shade.
Plants reach 15 to 18 inches tall and 15 inches wide.
Growth rate: Moderate, Easy to grow.
Deep blue-purple flower spikes raise up above compact, clump-forming lance-shaped, deep green foliage. Unlike some other veronicas, the bottom foliage of this variety does not die out. This trait coupled with its shorter habit makes it ideal for the front of the border, as an edging, or in containers. Many people consider this cultivar to be the best upright form of Veronica.
Candlesmay bloom from late spring to autumn and butterflies love to drink their sweet nectar.
This perennial is tolerant of a wide range of medium wet, well-drained soil types. Amending soils, especially very heavy and light types, with generous amounts of organic matter will result in improved performance, as will as a light mulch and regular water during summer. It is worth repeating, 'Royal Candles' will do best with consistent, regular moisture, and good soil drainage.
Although tolerant of partial shade, it will flower better in full sun. Deadheading will promote additional blooms. Shear back the foliage if it becomes worn-looking after flowering.
Excellent as a ground cover, in mass plantings or along borders, in containers, for cut flowers and its salt tolerant. Attracts butterflies and Deer resistant.
Ten (10) plants in quart containers per flat (or tray).