Woolly Speedwell

Veronica pectinata

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica (veh-RON-ih-ka) (Info)
Species: pectinata (pek-tin-AY-tuh) (Info)
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Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


under 6 in. (15 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Fall/Early Winter

Blooms repeatedly




Provides winter interest

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

By simple layering

By air layering

By tip layering

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sonoma, California

Denver, Colorado

Grand Junction, Colorado

Parker, Colorado

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 24, 2011, dparsons01 from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is the most durable Veronica for this area. It handles freezing, hot, dry. That and it looks good. I have a nice purple/blue carpet out in my yard right now.


On Mar 30, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

A highly attractive drought-tolerant groundcover, forming a dense pillow (suppressing weeds) of furry foliage that makes Wolly tyme look banal.

Not a slow grower, doing 4-14 inches per year with regular water and full sun, but controllable by less water or simple pruning. (Growth is longer but lanky and thin in the shade, with minimized blooming) The plant is not spreading by underground structures, but by rootlets where it touches the ground. Very old plants may mat in the middle and will benefit from either a hard trimming or being replaced by a cutting of itself, like many groundcovers.

Blooms are more purple blue in the spring and summer, but become an attractive torquise-cobalt when it blooms in the fall and early winter. The greatest blooming is in l... read more


On Feb 9, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Low growing with serrated leaves and small blue saucer flowers in late spring. Slow grower. Can withstand light traffic.