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Veronica 'Waterperry Blue' (Speedwell)

Speedwell 'Waterperry Blue', Creeping Speedwell 'Waterperry Blue', Bird's Eye 'Waterperry Blue', Cancerwort 'Waterperry Blue', Ironheads 'Waterperry Blue'


Low growing and durable, Veronica 'Waterperry Blue' (Speedwell) is a vigorous perennial forming a dense carpet of tiny, dark-veined, lavender-blue flowers borne on creeping stems from late spring to early summer. The ravishing flowers may rebloom intermittently throughout the summer. Even when not smothered with flowers, this Speedwell remains attractive thanks to its lush foliage of small, shiny, deep green leaves tinged with burgundy and copper overtones. Dense enough to suppress weeds, it is perfect for the rock garden, for edging along borders or pathways or as a ground cover. Also ideal for planting between flagstones.

  • Grows up to 4-5 in.high (10-12 cm) and 12-15 in. wide (30-37 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun, in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates light shade. Veronica benefits from consistently moist soils during the growing period but cannot tolerate wet soils during dormancy.
  • Perfect choice for borders, edging, underplanting shrubs, cottage gardens, rock gardens or containers. Best when planted in groups.
  • Dead-heading will encourage reblooming. Cut back to basal growth after flowering.
  • Easy to grow, this Speedwell requires very low care and is fairly pest and disease-free. It is resistant to rabbit and deer.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Climate Zones 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
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4" – 5" (10cm – 12cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 15" (30cm – 37cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, 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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Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc., Chicagoland Grows

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
Climate Zones 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
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4" – 5" (10cm – 12cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 15" (30cm – 37cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, 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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