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Veronica, Speedwell 'Giles Van Hees'


Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica (veh-RON-ih-ka) (Info)
Cultivar: Giles Van Hees
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

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)


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



Bloom Color:


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:

Durango, Colorado

Seymour, Connecticut

Griffin, Georgia

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Iowa City, Iowa

Lansing, Kansas

Hebron, Kentucky

Owensboro, Kentucky

Milo, Maine

Baltimore, Maryland

Westminster, Maryland

Winchester, Massachusetts

Owosso, Michigan

Buffalo, Minnesota

Hopkins, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Florence, Mississippi

Hillsborough, New Jersey

Kinderhook, New York

Harrisburg, North Carolina

Athens, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Leesburg, Virginia

Mc Lean, Virginia

Freeland, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Appleton, Wisconsin

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Ellsworth, Wisconsin

Watertown, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 6, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

In the Chicago Botanic Garden's 2010 Veronica evaluation, 'Giles van Hees' was one of the seven top performers (out of 61 taxa evaluated. [[email protected]]


On Aug 30, 2011, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is a great border plant. It blooms for quite a long time and has a nice full bushy shape, maybe a foot high at most including the flowering spikes. It's a very nice pink color. If deadheaded it will bloom even longer. Eventually it stops reblooming after deadheading, and it can look a little ratty. At that time I cut it way down and it comes back again, although it blooms rather sparsely. I planted a couple last year and went back to get more this year.


On Jun 22, 2009, KaylyRed from Watertown, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This little plant is truly a flower machine. Blooms are long-lasting and plentiful. When the first flush of flowers starts to fade, new buds are ready to take its place. Deadheading doesn't seem to be necessary except for aesthetic reasons--this plant has kept on blooming for me without deadheading.

I'm growing 'Giles Van Hees' in bright shade with just a couple hours of direct sunlight. It does not seem bothered at all by the shade from the house and tree line, and is content with a dose of late-afternoon sun.


On May 5, 2008, Melissa_D from Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Truly an everbloomer - I planted next to Coreopsis 'Moonbeam' and the two of them went all summer long. Plants are compact with pretty dark green foliage - nice for areas where you want a low plant that won't spread like crazy. Deer and bunnies did not eat them.