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Veronica spicata 'Giles van Hees'
Low-growing groundcover. Very showy in full bloom.
Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil
Herbaceous Plant, Perennial
Veronica is a genus of about 250 species of annuals, perennials and some sub-shrubs mainly from Europe.
Genus name honors Saint Veronica who reportedly gave a handkerchief to Jesus so he could wipe sweat from his face on the way to Calvary, with some gen
Western state native:
Small lance shaped green leaves
Predominant flower color:
Dense, vertical terminal spikes of tiny reddish-pink flowers.
Fall Color Description:
Winter Interest Description:
Limestone rock and dry grasslands
Used by Wildlife:
Cut tall varieties of speedwell back to about 6 inches in height if the plants look tired and leggy in midsummer. The plants will appear bare for a few days but soon will develop healthy, more compact growth and renew blooming. Shorter varieties of speedw
Prune speedwell plants down to 2 to 3 inches in height in late autumn or in early spring before new growth appears. Pruning in autumn is best if you prefer a tidy wintertime garden; however, leaving the plants intact until spring adds interest to the gard
Long Term Care:
Downy mildew, Powdery mildew (https://pnwhandbooks.org/plantdisease/host-and-disease-descriptions?title=veronic)
Root rot may occur in wet, poorly-drained soils.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Pinch the tips and first set of leaves of young speedwell plants as soon as you plant them as bedding plants or seedlings in spring. Removing the tips, using scissors or your fingernails, forces the plants to branch out and create bushy, compact growth. P
OSU Landscape Profile:
LBJ Native Plant Database:
Missouri Botanical Garden Database:
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