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VERONICA armena

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Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

VERONICA armena

Plant Common Name

Armenian Speedwell, Speedwell

General Description

A low spreading habit, fine needle-like foliage and beautiful violet flowers make this resilient rock garden plant stand out. A native of Turkey and Armenia, Armenian speedwell is a hardy perennial that withstands warm, dry conditions. Its fine evergreen leaves create an attractive mat of foliage that looks great year round. In spring to early summer, small clusters of showy violet blue flowers are produced. These are attractive to bees and other insect pollinators.

Plant Armenian speedwell in full sun and poor, sharply drained, gravelly soil. Once established, it is quite drought tolerant. Like many rock garden plants, this veronica does not appreciate cold, wet winters and will die if exposed to excessive cold moisture at the root zone coupled with repeated freezing and thawing.

This uncommon perennial is becoming more commercially available. In addition to rock or alpine gardens, try planting it along the top of a retaining wall or the edge of a sunny bed.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    3"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No