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VERONICA spicata 'Fairytale'

Image of Veronica spicata 'Fairytale' PP17650

Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

VERONICA spicata 'Fairytale' PP17650

Plant Common Name

Fairytale Speedwell, Spike Speedwell

General Description

Offering lovely spikes of silvery-pink flowers above mounds of fuzzy gray-green foliage, 'Fairytale' is an outstanding new cultivar of spike speedwell, a clump-forming herbaceous perennial native to the steppes and grasslands of Europe and western Asia. Appearing in summer in candelabra-like clusters, the fuzzy flower spikes attract bees and butterflies. Bloom will often continue if spent flowers are removed. The foliage turns golden yellow to yellow green in fall.

This sun-loving perennial grows best in fertile to average soil with good drainage. It is a great plant for rock gardens and mixed borders and can even be used as a small-scale herbaceous groundcover. It pairs well with campanulas, Dianthus, blue fescue and dwarf daylilies.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 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

  • Height

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    14"-16" / 35.6cm - 40.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Europe, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow

  • 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, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes