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PlantFiles: Speedwell, Veronica
Veronica longifolia

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

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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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer
Flowers are good for cutting

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 positives
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous 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 naturalized in the United States.

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

This one is 'Sunny Border Blue' by the way

Positive pbtxlady 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.

Positive Lavenderlady 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 beautiful mix next year.

Neutral Weezingreens 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.


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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