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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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Herbaceous

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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:

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

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:

1
positive
0
neutrals
1
negative
RatingContent
Negative

On Apr 4, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The tiny flowers are not ornamental. This is a widespread weed here, aggressive and hard to get rid of. Traditionally it was used medicinally.

Native to Europe and western Asia, it is widely naturalized across North America.

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.

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