chicagoland grows® Plant Introduction Program

Blue Sprite Speedwell

Veronica 'Blue Sprite' PP#29581



This diminutive yet durable speedwell blooms from early or mid-June until mid-July in northern Illinois, packing its violet flowers on dense flower stems only 6 inches tall. The plants are equally dense with fine, olive-green foliage on creeping rhizomes. Two-year old trial plants measured only 10” wide by 1” tall. Grow this selection for its attractive violet flowers in early summer, its clean olive-green foliage on well-behaved, low creeping plants, and for its red-tinted foliage in autumn and early winter. Mass it as a small-scale groundcover in the front of the sunny perennial border, use it by walkways and by other garden edges, and in the rock garden. Equally tough as it is attractive, ‘Blue Sprite’ is highly disease-resistant, drought-tolerant, and hardy to USDA Zones 4 – 7. For full sun and well drained soils. Developed by Dr. Jim Ault at Chicago Botanic Garden.

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