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Veronica, Speedwell 'Total Eclipse'


Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica (veh-RON-ih-ka) (Info)
Cultivar: Total Eclipse
Additional cultivar information:(PP18912)
Hybridized by Verschoor
Registered or introduced: 2007



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Montgomery, Alabama

Lexington, Kentucky

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Boonton, New Jersey

Ransomville, New York

Asheboro, North Carolina

Laurens, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Cleburne, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 5, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A dwarf veronica, to 12" tall.

Flowers are midnight blue. Long-blooming. Rebloom is better if spent spikes are deadheaded.

This is a clump former, and does not spread quickly underground or self-sow.

Veronicas are not very drought tolerant. Consistent moisture is important. Blooms best in full sun.

Introduced by Ball Perennials. US PP # 18912


On Jul 26, 2010, vanemburg from Cleburne, TX wrote:

Grows easily with no pest or disease problems. Prolific bloomer. Requires FULL SUN. It is very hot here; seems to love it. Had this for several years and I have thinned and transplanted it often. Tough.


On Jul 19, 2010, kirbyk from Lewiston, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have this growing as part of my butterfly garden although the bees have taken it over. I have also white and pink versions. I will say that it is very invasive. I walk the yard and hey.... look.... there's some speedwell growing there. Started with a couple plants and now I have an area 8 by 3 feet thats just loaded.


On Jul 19, 2010, njkaren from Boonton, NJ wrote:

We planted a nursery purchased Veronica Speedwell one month ago here in northern NJ. It had blue/purple blooms. The spikes promptly began to turn brown as if dying off. I took a soil sample and at 6.5, thought perhaps the soil was too alkaline. I added Hollytone to increase acidity. Perhaps it needs more than the 3 hrs morning sun and 2 hrs late afternoon sun it gets. I do see new leaves at the base. Any thoughts? I love the plant and want to see it do well.