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VERONICA prostrata 'Aztec Gold'

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Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

VERONICA prostrata 'Aztec Gold' PP13354

Plant Common Name

Aztec Gold Speedwell, Prostrate Speedwell

General Description

Featuring bold, golden-yellow foliage, Veronica prostrata ‘Aztec Gold’ also boasts sky-blue flowers in the early summertime. A mat-forming perennial native to Europe, its brilliant leaves are shaped like elongated ovals with teeth on their edges. The stems of ‘Aztec Gold’ often branch as they sprawl across the ground, and the tips may turn upward in late spring to display clusters of sky-blue flowers for about two weeks in late spring to early summer. Occasional spurts of reblooming may occur in late summer and early autumn.

Tolerant of a wide range of soils, Veronica prostrata 'Aztec Gold' requires full to partial sun and good drainage. Excellent for use as a groundcover, its non-flowering stems remain horizontal and can grow outward indefinitely. Use ‘Aztec Gold’ in the front of a mixed border, in a rockery or spilling over the edge of a large planter. This cultivar falters in regions with excessive heat and humidity in summer.

The genus Veronica encompasses a large number of annuals, perennials and sub-shrubs, most of which are native to Europe. Veronica species may be prostrate or upright, and occur in a variety of habitats ranging from moist meadows to dry, rocky alpine areas. Small, open, tubular flowers in shades of blue, purple, white or pink are held either singly or in dense to loose, upright spikes. The many forms of Veronica have yielded numerous excellent, garden-worthy cultivars and hybrids.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    3"-4" / 7.6cm - 10.2cm

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Blue, Sky Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Yellow Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Gold

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No