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Scientific Name: Veronica longifolia
Common Name: Speedwell
Blooming Season: Summer
Plant Habit: Upright
Height: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Width: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
This sun-loving perennial is known for its easy care.
You can expect additional blooming power later in the season if the flowers are sheered back.
'Veronica' speedwell is an upright, clump-forming, compact perennial, reaching just 15 inches in height, with a similar
spread. These Veronica flowers bloom in late spring to early summer. But you can enjoy the flower spikes throughout
the summer with proper care (see below).
Grow these perennials in a sunny area with a loamy, well-drained soil. Although they are drought-resistant plants once
mature, you must water them regularly while they are young. Even as older plants, they will bloom better when given a
moderate amount of water.
Care for Veronica Flowers
Deadhead the flowers to extend the blooming season. The easiest way to accomplish this, if you have several
speedwell plants growing together, is by shearing, so that you can remove many blossoms all at once. Do not go out of
your way to remove a large amount of foliage during the shearing, but do not stress out over being especially careful to
avoid it, either. A bonus in shearing is that you can easily remove any ratty-looking upper leaves in the process.
Uses in Landscaping, Wildlife Attracted to Veronica Flowers
Because of its decent drought-tolerance once established, 'Veronica' speedwell is a good choice for use in rock
gardens. Many gardeners use it as a low plant in a perennial flower border.
Veronica flowers are plants that attract butterflies and bees. But gardeners in deer country are lucky, because
speedwell is a deer-resistant perennial (it tends not to suffer from rabbit damage, either).
Veronica speedwell plants boast bunches of attractive flowers over a long period of time, with proper care. Compact
and hardy, they offer a colorful display while asking for little in return in the way of care. Many gardeners do not even
fertilise their speedwell plants much (perhaps fertilising it some years, but not in others); yet they typically bloom well
year in and year out in spite of the neglect.
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