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James H. Schutte
VERONICA spicata 'Darwin's Blue' PP13070
Darwin's Blue Speedwell, Spike Speedwell
This upright, heavy-blooming spike speedwell bears many violet-blue spikes of blooms in summer.
Spike speedwell is a long-blooming ornamental that is a staple for the sunny perennial border. This clump-forming plant has a more upright habit than others and originates from Europe and western Asia where is inhabits open grasslands, hills and woodsides.
The foliage is rich green and turns yellow-green in fall. In summer it bears dense upright spikes of many small violet-blue flowers. These are lightly fragrant, highly attractive to bees and butterflies and will continue blooming if regularly deadheaded.
This sun-loving perennial grows best in fertile to average soil with good drainage. It is a great plant for rock gardens, mixed borders and can even be used as a small-scale herbaceous groundcover. It pairs well with Dianthus, mounded wormwood and white catmint.
8 - 1
3 - 8
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
38'-40' / 15.0in - 15.7in
48'-50' / 18.9in - 19.7in
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Spring, Summer, Fall
Green, Yellow Green
Bedding Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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