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PlantFiles: Creeping Speedwell
Veronica 'Blue Reflection'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica (veh-RON-ih-ka) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Reflection
Additional cultivar information: (aka Reavis, Crystal River)

Synonym:Veronica teucrium

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

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Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive clareb On Jun 2, 2012, clareb from Missoula, MT (Zone 5a) wrote:

This tough ground plant requires no maintenance, minimal supplemental water (when established). Beautiful, sky-blue small flowers cover the plant for several weeks in late Spring.

Positive Darwinsthumb On Feb 3, 2012, Darwinsthumb from Erie, CO wrote:

I planted five or six different groundcovers (mostly thyme and speedwell) and out of the different varieties I chose, this one has done the best.

I gave it regular deep waterings to get it established the first season, so the second season was the real test - it did amazing! I only watered it about three times all summer, and now I wonder if I even needed to do that. We have very fast draining soil, which I understand is what this plant needs (I haven't tried it in clay), and I also added about 1/2 inch of bark to the top layer of the soil.

It is on a hot, dry, west facing slope and our summer temperatures usually average in the high 80s and 90s, with little to no rainfall. It forms a dense mat of leaves about 18 inches wide, and has a very showy flowering in the spring. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that it has stayed green all winter (so far, and it is already February), even though we have had a few nights in the single digits.

I love speedwell groundcovers, and this one is easily my favorite. Hard to find (I got it through High Country Gardens), but worth it.

Positive ineedacupoftea On Sep 16, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

A hybrid between the heat/drought/beating tolerant Veronica pectinata and the vigorous and showy V. liwanensis.
Plant Select earner 2003- meaning it is a tough son-of-a-gun for the arid west.
Forms a dense carpet and cozies the feet of neighbor plants, suppressing weeds as a grand living mulch.

Flowering is best with limited water and unlimited sun.


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

Denver, Colorado
Erie, Colorado
Fruita, Colorado
Grand Junction, Colorado
Vail, Colorado
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Missoula, Montana
Lincoln, Nebraska
Raleigh, North Carolina
Haviland, Ohio
Chiloquin, Oregon
Amarillo, Texas
Hereford, Texas

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