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PlantFiles: Speedwell, Veronica
Veronica 'Total Eclipse'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica (veh-RON-ih-ka) (Info)
Cultivar: Total Eclipse

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Dark Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vanemburg On Jul 26, 2010, vanemburg from Cleburne, TX wrote:

Grows easily with no pest or disease problems. Prolific bloomer. Requires FULL SUN. It is very hot here; seems to love it. Had this for several years and I have thinned and transplanted it often. Tough.

Positive kirbyk On Jul 19, 2010, kirbyk from Lewiston, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have this growing as part of my butterfly garden although the bees have taken it over. I have also white and pink versions. I will say that it is very invasive. I walk the yard and hey.... look.... there's some speedwell growing there. Started with a couple plants and now I have an area 8 by 3 feet thats just loaded.

Negative njkaren On Jul 19, 2010, njkaren from Boonton, NJ wrote:

We planted a nursery purchased Veronica Speedwell one month ago here in northern NJ. It had blue/purple blooms. The spikes promptly began to turn brown as if dying off. I took a soil sample and at 6.5, thought perhaps the soil was too alkaline. I added Hollytone to increase acidity. Perhaps it needs more than the 3 hrs morning sun and 2 hrs late afternoon sun it gets. I do see new leaves at the base. Any thoughts? I love the plant and want to see it do well.


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

Montgomery, Alabama
Lexington, Kentucky
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Boonton, New Jersey
Ransomville, New York
Asheboro, North Carolina
Laurens, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Cleburne, Texas

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