Speedwell, Veronica

Veronica longifolia

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica (veh-RON-ih-ka) (Info)
Species: longifolia (lon-jee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 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:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms all year



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Georgetown, California

Palo Alto, California

Richmond, California

Vacaville, California

Wilmington, Delaware

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Buhl, Idaho

Hayden, Idaho

Galva, Illinois

Ladd, Illinois

Lansing, Kansas

Hebron, Kentucky

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Springfield, Massachusetts

Bay City, Michigan

Edwardsburg, Michigan

Flint, Michigan

Mason, Michigan

Columbia, Missouri

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Syracuse, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Burgettstown, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Fort Worth, Texas

Garland, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Kaysville, Utah

Leesburg, Virginia

Clearlake, Washington

Fox Island, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin

Muscoda, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 1, 2013, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The tallest Veronica I know, and the longest blooming. The flower color ranges in hue by cultivar from white to true blue through violet and purple to clear pink, and may be pastel or deeply saturated. The bloom season extends from the end of June into September if spent spikes are promptly removed. It makes a great long-lasting cut flower.

It's self-supporting in full sun but may need support in partial shade.

Plants need consistent moisture and full sun for best performance. This is less drought tolerant than your average border perennial.

Veronica species can be challenging to distinguish, but 'Sunny Border Blue' is usually considered a cultivar of V. spicata.

The definitive BONAP atlas suggests that this species has not natu... read more


On May 26, 2010, FlowerManiac from Coppell, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This one is 'Sunny Border Blue' by the way


On Jun 24, 2005, pbtxlady from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

If you love blue flowers, this is definitely one for your garden. I put it in front of a cypress vine and behind coreopsis 'Early Sunrise', for a very vivid color spot.


On Sep 21, 2004, Lavenderlady from Buhl, ID wrote:

I planted what the tag calls Veronica and Creeping Veronica. The Veronica turned out like Daves picture of speedwell and the creeping veronica turned out the same only real dark purple. Which is fine and prefered. But as far as "creeping'? don't know yet. They both seem to be thriving well. One in a sheltered corner and the darker out in a full sun flowerbed. The darker gets watered everyday with the underground sprinklers and the lighter gets water when ever it deems nessessary. I hope they fill in as that is the main reason I purchased them. After countless plantings of anything you could think of, this is the only plant that seems to have lasted all season and looks like it will come back next year. I am going to mix tall shasta daisy s with them this fall and hopefully create a beauti... read more


On Nov 28, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Long-leaf Speedwell is a tall compact clumping perennial of upright habit. Moderately quick-growing & long-lived, it prefers ferile, moist but well-drained soil. The foliage has a fine texture, and the late summer blooms are blue, sometimes pink. This plant is native to Northern Asia and Central Europe but has naturalized to parts of the U.S. and Canada.