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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.
8 - 5
5 - 8
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Europe, Western Asia
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Blue, Light Blue, Blue Violet
Green, Light Green
Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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