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VERONICA prostrata

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Jesse Saylor

Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

VERONICA prostrata

Plant Common Name

Prostrate Speedwell

General Description

With a short flowering period in late spring, prostrate speedwell produces loads of clear violet blue flowers that make growing them worth it despite their brief show. A mat-forming perennial native to Europe and Western Asia, it grows in open uplands with rocky, well-drained soils.

The small, oval, bright green leaves of prostrate speedwell line creeping stems that sprawl across the ground. In late spring to early summer, short, upright clusters of violet blue flowers are produced. The floral display lasts only a couple of weeks. Bees and other insects pollinate the blooms. Spent flowers should be cut back to keep the mats of foliage looking tidy. Plants sometimes lightly rebloom later in summer.

Grow prostrate speedwell in full to partial sun and soil with moderate fertility and good drainage. Plants spread over time and may require division ever two to three years. Plant this Veronica as a groundcover for sun, in a rockery, or spilling over a retaining wall. Most cultivars have blue flowers, but the vigorous 'Mrs. Holt' has pink blossoms. Others, like 'Trehane' and 'Aztec Gold', offer golden foliage that looks good even when plants are not in flower.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue, Light Blue, Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes