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Veronica, Dwarf Spike Speedwell 'Royal Candles'

Veronica spicata

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


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:

Dark Blue


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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


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

Croton On Hudson, New York

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:


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

The cultivar name is 'Glory' US PP 18932, PBR. "Royal Candles" is a US trade name. Same as 'Ulster Blue Dwarf'.
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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 spi... read more


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


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.


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.


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.