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Veronica spicata 'Fairytale'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica (veh-RON-ih-ka) (Info)
Species: spicata (spi-KAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fairytale
Additional cultivar information: (PP17650)
Hybridized by Verschoor; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2007

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

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USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

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Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 24, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Two-tone color, from silvery-pink petals to prominent rosy-pink stamens. These blooms arise along 7-inch spikes quite profusely borne on compact, very slow-spreading plants 'Fairytale' is just what your sunny border or best container has been looking for.
These blooms begin in midsummer, and if cut or deadheaded promptly, will repeat late in the season. Colorful and long-lasting, they are the result of years of breeding by Jan Verschoor, who selected 'Fairytale' for its floriferousness, comapct and uniform growth habit, and interesting color combination

The foliage is silvery-green and quite compact on this plant, which reaches a uniform height of 16 inches and width of 14 inches, with a neat, tidy appearance. The presence of V. spicata in its parentage slows down the potential for spread, which both keeps it neat and reduces the need for dividing every few years. Give 'Fairytale' well-drained soil in full sun and expect a long, very colorful season! Zones 4-8


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Barbourville, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Hartford, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

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