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VERONICA 'Baby Doll'

Image of Veronica 'Baby Doll' PP16428

Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

VERONICA 'Baby Doll' PP16428

Plant Common Name

Spike Speedwell

General Description

Colorful, compact, and exceptionally long-blooming, Veronica ‘Baby Doll’ is the product of years of hybridization work by Netherlands plant breeder, Jan Verschoor. This amazing little perennial produces a low mound of green, toothed, lance-shaped foliage which is topped with loads of clear-pink, upright, conical flower spikes from early to late summer.

Veronica ‘Baby Doll’ is a slow-growing perennial which thrives in full sun and reasonably rich, well-drained soil. It is somewhat tolerant of drought, but appreciates regular moisture. Shear back the first set of flowers when they fade to encourage heavier rebloom. Its dwarf habit and floriferous nature make ‘Baby Doll’ perfect for containers, rock gardens, or grouping at the front of perennial borders.

The genus Veronica encompasses a large number of annuals, perennials and sub-shrubs, most of which are native to Europe. Veronica species may be prostrate or upright, and occur in a variety of habitats ranging from moist meadows to dry, rocky alpine areas. Small, open, tubular flowers in shades of blue, purple, white or pink are held either singly or in dense to loose, upright spikes. The many forms of Veronica have yielded numerous excellent, garden-worthy cultivars and hybrids.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    10"-14" / 25.4cm - 35.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No