Veronica Species, Creeping Speedwell

Veronica repens

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica (veh-RON-ih-ka) (Info)
Species: repens (REE-penz) (Info)


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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


under 6 in. (15 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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:

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

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

By simple layering

By serpentine layering

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Clayton, California

Cool, California

Corte Madera, California

Fairfield, California

Delta, Colorado

Grand Junction, Colorado

Parker, Colorado

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Wilmington, Illinois

Winnetka, Illinois

Caldwell, New Jersey

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 29, 2012, Diva_D from Strathcona County,
Canada wrote:

I am considering using Creeping Speedwell as a ground cover in my Saskatoon berry rows for assistance with a heavy weed crop. As Saskatoons sucker to spread, I am curious to know if this ground cover is so dense or compact that it would not allow a strong new berry sucker root to emerge.

Any experience or opinions would be greatly appreciated.


On May 13, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

I have it as a ground cover in poor dry soil and sun. It took 4 years before it had spread enough to look like much. Now it is a solid blue mat of flowers in the late spring, about 3 feet across.


On May 26, 2005, Shelly221 from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Shining green leaves provide a moss-like effect. Lavender to white flowers.


On Jul 19, 2004, daryl from vernon, BC (Zone 6a) wrote:

I've had this speedwell for approx.10 yrs now,got it from my mother in-law(of German descent) she believes that is where it originates from.Very showy when in bloom!Rather unabtrusive the rest of the year.Can be a handful if you let it have it's way,trim back off chutes regularly,to keep under control.


On Dec 5, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Veronica repens is a low-growing, mat-forming perennial that is suitable as a groundcover. It will withstand some traffic when planted between patio stones, in rockeries, or used in place of lawn. The leaves of V. repens are tiny, shiny, and dark green. In late spring or early summer, star-shaped lilac blue bloom spikes almost obscure the foliage. Sow outdoors after last frost, or indoors before last frost. Seeds will germinate in 14-21 days (sometimes longer) at 70 degrees.