Veronica, Creeping Speedwell 'Sunshine'

Veronica repens

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


Alpines and Rock Gardens



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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 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:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage


Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

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:

Seymour, Connecticut

Derby, Kansas

Lexington, Massachusetts

Royal Oak, Michigan

Newark, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Greenville, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 3, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The flowers are white (not purple) and not especially showy.

The foliage is evergreen here in Z6a (Boston). Fallen leaves can smother it in winter.

Armitage says this is hardy to Z4.

I know three low golden-foliaged veronicas:

'Azec Gold' grows 6-8" tall. It is similar to the old cultivar 'Trehane', but 'Aztec Gold' holds its yellow color more persistently into the summer, while 'Trehane' fades to a yellowish green. Both form clumps, both make a nice though short-lived display of violet-blue flowers, and in both the foliage is deciduous here in Z6a (Boston).

Veronica repens 'Sunshine' is different---its evergreen foliage doesn't get much more than an inch high, and its near-white flowers are hardly noticeable. Stays... read more


On Jul 19, 2011, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A cute little ground cover which is surprisingly hardy in some areas, but curiously finicky in others. I haven't quite figured the exact criteria that makes the difference. Frequently sold as a Stepable. Blooms April-June in my garden.


On Sep 30, 2008, joeswife from (Debra) Derby, KS (Zone 6a) wrote:

I hve had this for years, it grows well I have both the yellow and the green.. it will over take your ground area .. it hangs from all my rocks and barrells and baskets if it pluc it and drop it and step on it it roots.


On Sep 6, 2008, BlackDogKurt from Seymour, CT wrote:

I just planted some Sunshine Veronica repens this spring and it is outstanding so far. It spreads slowly but steadily as a tight mat of bright green, growing over soil, rocks, bricks, etc. Very showy. I have it in a partly to mostly sunny location, near some taller purple plants that make it stand out even more, although it would stand out on its own. Very easy to cut and lift out a section if it gets somewhere you don't want it and it is easy to transplant that section somewhere else. It will hopefully do okay through the winter here in zone 6A.


On Jul 15, 2007, willmetge from Spokane, WA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Foliage is bright green/gold.