August 24, 2017

Royal Bearing

Veronica spicata 'Royal Candles'

Faith Pineo Photo - Veronica spicata 'Royal Candles'

Veronica spicata ‘Royal Candles’ is a striking perennial hardy to Zone 3. With a common name of spiked speedwell, it isn’t surprising that its flower spikes of deep blue-purple dominate the plant, which only grows a few inches tall. The flower racemes can easily reach 12 inches in length and more can be encouraged to grow if the dead blooms are trimmed off. V. spicata also comes in red and white cultivars. The Veronica family is a large one, with more than 500 species in it, ranging from creepers to towering varieties several feet tall.