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Veronica austriaca (Austrian Speedwell)

Large Speedwell, Austrian Speedwell, Broadleaf Speedwell, Saw-Leaved Speedwell, Hungarian Speedwell


Veronica austriaca (Austrian Speedwell) is a compact, mound-forming perennial of upright to sprawling habit boasting bright blue flowers arising in elongated axillary racemes from late spring to early summer. When in flower, this plant is a sea of blue. The leaves are ovate to oblong and more or less toothed. A very versatile plant for rock gardens or border fronts.

  • Grows up to 12-20 in. tall and wide (30-50 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade, in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils.
  • Perfect choice for banks and slopes, beds and borders, garden edging, city gardens, coastal gardens, cottage gardens, rock gardens and containers.
  • Easy to grow, this Speedwell requires very little care and is fairly pest and disease-free. Keep an eye out for powdery mildew.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Remove spent flowers to encourage compact habit and good flowering in the following year.
  • Propagate by division in autumn or spring.
  • Native to Europe, western Asia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 2 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Veronica - Speedwells
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 10" – 20" (25cm – 50cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 2 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Veronica - Speedwells
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 10" – 20" (25cm – 50cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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