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Veronica prostrata (Prostrate Speedwell)

Prostrate Speedwell, Rock Speedwell, Harebell Speedwell, Veronica austriaca var. dubia, Veronica rupestris


Award-winning Veronica prostrata (Prostrate Speedwell) is a vigorous semi-evergreen perennial forming a brightly colored mat of short, erect racemes of pale to deep blue starry flowers in late spring to early summer and sporadically until fall. The plant can be entirely covered in flowers in the spring, providing up to 4 weeks of brilliant color throughout the garden. Even when not smothered with flowers, this tough little plant remains attractive thanks to its lush foliage of serrated, ovate to linear, dark green leaves. This is a great plant for the front of the garden, rockeries, edging or as a groundcover. Long-lived, Prostrate Speedwell can withstand significant abuse and persist for many years if properly sited.

  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 6-8 in. high (15-20 cm) and spreads indefinitely by prostrate stems. If the foliage mat becomes too vigorous, it may be pruned to desirable proportions.
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade, in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Perfect choice for cottage gardens, rock gardens or containers.
  • Easy to grow, this Speedwell requires very little care and is fairly pest and disease-free (some susceptibility to powdery mildews and downy mildews).
  • Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Plants may be sheared after flowering to promote new foliage growth.
  • Propagate by seed or division
  • Native to Europe.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 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, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Veronica - Speedwells
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles 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 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 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, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Veronica - Speedwells
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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