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Veronica spicata Heidekind

Spiked speedwell

Great for early colour

A colourful low growing perennial growing to form a low mat of silver-green foliage. In early summer upright stems rise to 30cm (1ft) carrying slender spikes of deep rose pink flowers. The flower spikes resemble those of hebes and are equally attractive to bees and butterflies. A reliable perennial for early summer colour at the front of a border year after year.


Plant in full sun at the front of borders, in gravel, alongside paving or in shallow pots and containers.


Any well-drained fertile soil; particularly good on chalk. Clip off flower stems when blooms have faded. 

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available May - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 25 cm - 30 cm
Plant width 15 cm - 30 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Garden edging, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From May to September