A perennial classic, spike speedwell is a prized long-blooming herbaceous ornamental that offers pretty spikes of flowers in summer and sometimes into fall. This clump or mat-forming plant comes from Europe and western Asia where it inhabits open grasslands, hills and woodsides. The foliage can be light to dark green, or silvery gray-green in the case of subspecies incana and its hybrids. In summer it bears candelabra-like clusters of many small purple, violet-blue, rose, pink, or white flowers. They are highly attractive to bees and butterflies. Bloom will often be prolonged if spent racemes 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 Dianthus, blue fescue and dwarf daylilies.
Info source: http://learn2grow.com/plants/veronica-spicata/
Approximately - 250-300 seeds in 0.1g packet.
Genus - Veronica
Species - Spicata
Variety - mix
Common name - Spike Speedwell
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 8
Height - 0,50 - 0,60 m
Spread - 0,30 - 0,60 m
Plant type - Perennial flower
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Loam, Sand, Well Drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Container, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
Bloom season - June - October
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White, pink, blue
The seeds are very small and should be sown on the surface of moist soil from April to June inside or after the last frost outside.
Cover with clear plastic or glass.
Light required for germination.
Optimal temperature - +18-+22C.
Germination time - 14-28 days.
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