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Veronica spicata (Speedwell)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.3m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Veronica spicata

Other names

Speedwell

Genus

Veronica Veronica

Species

V. spicata - V. spicata is a compact, clump-forming herbaceous perennial with mid-green, lance shaped leaves. In summer, it bears narrow spikes of pale blue flowers on leafy stems.


Veronica spicata is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Flower

Pale-blue in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Downy mildew , Leaf spot , Powdery mildew Downy mildew , Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back faded flowers after flowering in Autumn.

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Veronica spicata (Speedwell) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), City, Cottage/Informal, Garden edging, Ground Cover

Cultivation

Plant in loamy, moderately fertile soil, that is moist but well-drained. Prefers full sun or part shade.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Veronica spicata

Other names

Speedwell

Genus

Veronica Veronica

Species

V. spicata - V. spicata is a compact, clump-forming herbaceous perennial with mid-green, lance shaped leaves. In summer, it bears narrow spikes of pale blue flowers on leafy stems.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright


Colour

Flower

Pale-blue in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Specific diseases

Downy mildew , Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back faded flowers after flowering in Autumn.

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Veronica spicata (Speedwell) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), City, Cottage/Informal, Garden edging, Ground Cover

Cultivation

Plant in loamy, moderately fertile soil, that is moist but well-drained. Prefers full sun or part shade.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Veronica spicata

The natural habitat of spiked speedwell is on rocks or dry grassland on lime-rich soils. It will do well in a sunny position in well-drained soil. Bees and flies are attracted to the nectar and… read more

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