Spike Speedwell
Veronica spicata 'Royal Candles'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica (veh-RON-ih-ka) (Info)
Species: spicata (spi-KAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Royal Candles
Additional cultivar information:(PP18932, aka Glory)
Hybridized by Philpott
Registered or introduced: 2000

Category:

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

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

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

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Huntsville, Alabama

Benton, Arkansas

Palo Alto, California

Sacramento, California

San Jose, California

Fort Collins, Colorado

Seymour, Connecticut

Century, Florida

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Lake In The Hills, Illinois

Machesney Park, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois

Wilmette, Illinois

Fort Dodge, Iowa

Hebron, Kentucky

Stockton Springs, Maine

Beverly, Massachusetts

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Tyngsboro, Massachusetts

Belleville, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Pinconning, Michigan

Kasota, Minnesota

Nutley, New Jersey

Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

New York City, New York

Warwick, New York

Broadway, North Carolina

Lenoir, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Hamilton, Ohio

Ravenna, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Bend, Oregon

Molalla, Oregon

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Baden, Pennsylvania

Butler, Pennsylvania

Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Cookeville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Lewisville, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Mansfield, Texas

Ogden, Utah

Glen Allen, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Springfield, Virginia

Woodford, Virginia

Grand Mound, Washington

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
2
neutrals
1
negative
RatingContent
Negative

On Feb 8, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The cultivar name is 'Glory' US PP 18932. "Royal Candles" is a trade name.

I have mixed feelings about this plant's performance.

On the one hand, it will bloom nonstop for months if you promptly remove spent flower spikes. Deadheading spent spikes is necessary for it to continue putting out new spikes. The flower color is a very useful saturated blue-violet.

On the other hand, unlike most veronicas, the spikes hold onto spent flowers, so a spike halfway through blooming is half-violet, half-brown. The brown is conspicuously ugly. The only way to remove the brown is to cut the spike off long before it's finished blooming. Most other veronicas are self-cleaning and don't have this problem. (You still have to cut off finished spikes in order to ex... read more

Positive

On Apr 2, 2012, wakingdream from Allentown, PA wrote:

I purchased this plant at a nursery one year ago, not in bloom. When I pulled it out of the pot, the strangled root system was a shocker. There was almost no soil to be seen, just roots. I sliced right down the middle with my gardening knife and planted both pieces near each other, adding a ton of my own compost to the planting holes. It recovered and bloomed well. It is now emerging from its winter dormancy. I look forward to the vivid blue-purple spires. Zone 6 southeast PA

Neutral

On Nov 22, 2010, Michael_Ronayne from Nutley, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

In Northern New Jersey Veronica spicata 'Royal Candles' (PP18932) is highly attractive to whitefly infestation but dont appear to be harmed by the whiteflies. However, nearby plants such as Hibiscus mutabilis, and possibly other Hibiscus, are damaged by the whiteflies. Depending on locality be prepared to deal with whiteflies. The plant itself is very pretty and grows well; it is the uninvited dinner guests which are the problem.

Neutral

On Jun 5, 2007, efbiosis from Oakland, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Abundant violet flowers that seem to glow. However, plants in my garden are prone to fungal blights...benefits from a regime of systemic fungicides and sulfer.

Positive

On Feb 7, 2007, Bellisgirl from Spokane, WA wrote:

I love this Veronica! Ive had mine for over five years now. I have divided it several times and now have four large healty plants. Flowers are a gorgeous deep blue-purple; will rebloom frequently if deadheaded.