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Plant Identification: SOLVED: What is this purple flowering groundcover?

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karen7
Florence, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2001
7:35 PM

Post #3746

Anyone know what this plant is? Makes a great groundcover with small bluish-purple flowers that bloom from early spring until late fall. Bought it at an end of season clearance at a local plant store but it didn't have a tag so I never knew what it was. I've never seen it anywhere else. I took this photo early in the season when it first started to bloom. It gets a lot more flowers during the season so that it turns into a really pretty purple carpet resembling creeping purple phlox from a distance but having much different flowers and foliage when you get up close.

Sorry I couldn't get a better picture. The flowers are so small I really could have used a macro lens to get the deatil.

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dave

April 17, 2001
8:25 PM

Post #68525

What kind of foliage is that? Is it an evergreen type plant, deciduous, succulent, or... ?

Also - how tall is it? Are we looking straight down at it, or does it grow like a bush or hedge?

Dave
karen7
Florence, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2001
8:34 PM

Post #68529

The photo is looking straight down at the plant. The flowers themselves are probably about 1/4 inch in diameter. The entire plant is only a couple of inches high. It spreads pretty quickly running along the ground. The foliage is is evergreen. It is not a succulent.
poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


April 17, 2001
8:44 PM

Post #68533

I'm guessing a type of creeping veronica. A search for veronica repens; veronica prostata; or veronica pectinata might give some results or point you in the right direction. Here's one picture of v.repens

http://www.tradesecretgardens.com/PlantHTMLs/VeronicaRepens.html

Kathleen
Panama, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2001
10:09 PM

Post #68554

That would be my guess as well.
louisa
Troy, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2001
11:00 PM

Post #68575

It does look like a Veronica but the leaves are so different to my speedwell and they seem different to Poppysues's link. Your leaves almost look like a succulent but you say they are not.

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