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Georgia Blue Speedwell

Veronica peduncularis 'Georgia Blue'

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Georgia Blue Speedwell (Veronica peduncularis 'Georgia Blue') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Veronica peduncularis 'Georgia Blue' in bloom

Veronica peduncularis 'Georgia Blue' in bloom

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Georgia Blue Speedwell (Veronica peduncularis 'Georgia Blue') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Veronica peduncularis 'Georgia Blue' flowers

Veronica peduncularis 'Georgia Blue' flowers

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Plant Height:  4 inches

Flower Height:  6 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Creeping Speedwell

Description:

A lovely combination of showy blossoms and dense low growing foliage; small soft blue saucer shaped blossoms surround the long flowering racemes; an excellent groundcover

Ornamental Features

Georgia Blue Speedwell has masses of beautiful panicles of blue round flowers with white eyes and royal blue veins rising above the foliage in mid spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive serrated narrow leaves are emerald green in color. The foliage often turns coppery-bronze in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Georgia Blue Speedwell is a dense herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Georgia Blue Speedwell is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Georgia Blue Speedwell will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 6 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Georgia Blue Speedwell is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features