Veronica Purple Leia
Veronica 'Purple Leia' courtesy of Walters Gardens

Spike Speedwell

'Purple Leia' joins popular companion 'Lavender Lightsaber' except it has rosy purple flowers covering the top half of a columnar, upright habit. Bucking the trend of smaller and more compact plants, it fills a need of adding height to the middle of the border. Try this perennial in narrow spaces needing height, such as small city gardens or narrow borders.

Veronica is highly valued for its ease of growth and long bloom time. The spiky flowers are an excellent contrast to the more common rounded flower shapes like Shasta Daisies, Coneflower, and Black Eyed Susans. Expect bees to be buzzing about this plant when in bloom.

  • Height: 71-76 cm (28-30 in)
  • Spread: 45-50 cm (18-20 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4-9
  • Sun or Shade: minimum 4 hours of direct sun
  • Bloom Time: early to mid summer
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: purple
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies, hummingbirds and bees

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow Veronica in average soil that has been amended with organic material. It flowers best in full sun. Deadheading will promote more bloom. When all the flowers are done cut it back to the basal rosette to maintain an attractive appearance.

Specials

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