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Garden Speedwell

Veronica longifolia

Also known as

Long-Leaved Speedwell, Longleaf Speedwell, Garden Veronica

Veronica longifolia (BG Wroclaw)-2 by messages (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of some purple Veronica longifolia flowers
A close up of some purple Veronica longifolia flowers
A close up of some purple Veronica longifolia flowers
A photo of Garden Speedwell
A photo of Garden Speedwell

Garden Speedwell Overview

Veronica longifolia is also commonly known as garden speedwell. It is a herbaceous perennial with an upright habit. Typically it grows to just over a metre in height, producing densely packed spikes of small, tubular purple-blue blooms from late summer through to early autumn. Foliage is narrow and arranged in pairs or groups of 3 up stems, leaves are lance-shaped. This plant is deciduous and thus loses its green foliage in the autumn and regrows new leaves in the spring. Grows well in full sunlight or partially shaded conditions and well-draining soil.

Common problems with Garden Speedwell

May also suffer from a leaf spot problem.

How to propagate Garden Speedwell

Division

Divide in autumn or spring.

Cuttings

You can propagate from seeds in the autumn or spring, from cuttings in summer.

Seed

Special features of Garden Speedwell

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Garden Speedwell

Border, cutting bed

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