Common Gypsyweed, Common Speedwell, Heath Speedwell
Veronica officinalis

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica (veh-RON-ih-ka) (Info)
Species: officinalis (oh-fiss-ih-NAH-liss) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

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

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Herbaceous

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Sidney, Ohio

Fort Valley, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 22, 2009, hart from Shenandoah Valley, VA wrote:

This grows as a native wildflower here and there in my yard. I certainly wouldn't call it invasive but it thrives in the very dry, very rocky mountain soil here so it probably would invade in better conditions. It's extremely tiny and I can't imagine actually planting it unless for a mini-garden or with other native plants.

It blooms in May into June, the entire plant is only about 2-3 inches tall. Flowers are a very pale blue.