Aztec Gold Creeping Speedwell
Veronica prostrata 'Aztec Gold'
Veronica prostrata 'Aztec Gold' foliage
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Plant Height: 4 inches
Flower Height: 6 inches
Spacing: 10 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Creeping Speedwell, Harebell Speedwell
Aztec Gold Creeping Speedwell has masses of beautiful spikes of sky blue flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive pointy leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, turning yellow in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Aztec Gold Creeping Speedwell is a dense herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. 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.
Aztec Gold Creeping Speedwell is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Aztec Gold Creeping Speedwell will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 6 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. 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.
Aztec Gold Creeping 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.