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Veronica (Veronica spicata)


Light:

Full sun

Flowering:

Summer. reblooms if deadheaded

Height:

16 to 24 inches

Color:

Pink. Blue

Hardiness:

Hardy to zone 3

Uses:

Perennial borders. good cut flowers

Care:

Keep deadheaded for longest blooming. Divide every 3 years or so. Best grown in lean soil - don't fertilize.

Native:

No

Comments:

Many forms of Veronica are available. All are undemanding and very rewarding, making them excellent candidates for new perennial gardeners. Spicata is 18 to 24 inches tall with either pink or blue spikes that appear from June to August. It makes a nice addition to the mixed border and an attractive cut flower. Keeping faded flowers cut will encourage a longer season of bloom. Veronica should be pruned hard after flowering to keep plants attractive. Often times this will result in a second, though not as profuse, bloom in the early fall.

Veronica prefers a well-drained soil and full sun. An overly rich soil will result in sprawling somewhat floppy growth. It will tolerate a light shade but will tend to sprawl if too shaded. Plants should be divided every 4 to 5 years - look for die out in the plant center as indication.

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