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VERONICA spicata (SIGHTSEEING SERIES)

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Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

VERONICA spicata( SIGHTSEEING SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Sightseeing Speedwell, Spike Speedwell

General Description

The long tapered flower clusters of the Sightseeing Series are great for cutting and easily grown from seed. These herbaceous perennials are selections of spike speedwell, a clump-forming plant from Europe and western Asia. In summer they bear candle-like clusters of many small purple, violet-blue, rose, pink, or white flowers on thigh-high stems. The flowers are magnets for bees and butterflies. Bloom will often be prolonged if spent racemes are removed. The gray green, lance-shaped foliage turns golden yellow to yellow green in fall.

Flowering the first year from seed, this sun-loving perennial grows best in fertile to average soil with good drainage and will even weather short dry spells. Plants in the Sightseeing Series are great for mixed borders, cottage gardens, and wildflower displays.

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

    24"-30" / 61.0cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    12"-14" / 30.5cm - 35.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple, Pink, Rose, Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Gray Green, Yellow 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

    Bedding Plant, Container, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes