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PlantFiles: Woolly Speedwell
Veronica pectinata

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

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Alpines and Rock Gardens

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

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Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Fall/Early Winter
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is resistant to deer
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

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:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dparsons01 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.

Positive ineedacupoftea 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 late spring, when the plant becomes conspiciously dappled with its rounded flowers. The blooming stems are long, and give a long flower duration. Deadheading these short, diagonal spikes encourages more flowers.

Absolutely excellent spilling over a wall or in a graded border. Highly underused in the hot, xeric garden.

Neutral Gabrielle 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.


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

Sonoma, California
Denver, Colorado
Grand Junction, Colorado
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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