Veronica pectinata

Blue Woolly Speedwell

 

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Veronica pectinata (Woolly Speedwell) is one of our finest groundcovers. Growing with long stems of wooly evergreen foliage, the plants cover themselves with blue blooms, aging to lavender-blue flowers in early to mid-spring. 2" tall x 18" wide.

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Good for Containers
Groundcover
Evergreen
Evergreen
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Plants for Small Spaces
Great for Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Early to mid spring
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SKU HBL8CXX

Details

Without question, Veronica pectinata (Woolly Speedwell) is one of our finest xeric groundcovers. The wooly evergreen foliage creates a handsome, dense, gray-green garden carpet. In early spring the foliage disappears under a profusion of white-eyed, true-blue fading to lavender flowers. This durable, long-blooming perennial is not picky about its planting site; it thrives in any well-drained soil. An easy-to-grow must-have groundcover for any garden, Woolly Speedwell is an outstanding companion for early to mid-spring blooming bulbs where its blue flowers provide and cool backdrop to wildflower tulips, miniature daffodils, miniature Iris and Crocus. Deadhead after spring bloom. Can tolerate occasional foot traffic. Cutting propagated. Flat of 32 plants will cover 48 square feet when planted together. 2" tall x 18" wide.

Associated SKUs
HBL8CXX
97360 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
97360F (Flat of 32 - 2.5" deep pots)
Common Name Blue Woolly Speedwell
Botanical Name Veronica pectinata
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Blue, White
Mature Height 2" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Early to mid spring
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Good for Containers, Groundcover, Evergreen, Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Plants for Small Spaces, Great for Mass Plantings
Ideal Region Suitable Above 7000 ft, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 4 (zones 3-4 first) and ends in early November. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code.

Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

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High Country GardensVeronica pectinata
 
3.7

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (10)
  • Healthy (6)
  • Accurate instructions (5)
  • Hardy (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoors (6)
  • Garden (5)
  • Lawn (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (8), Master gardener (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A pleasant surprise

I wasn't expecting much from this groundcover except that it fill in an awkward corner of an awkwardly shaped bed when the bulbs it's planted with aren't in bloom (hyacinth and Tulip clusiana)....Read complete review

I wasn't expecting much from this groundcover except that it fill in an awkward corner of an awkwardly shaped bed when the bulbs it's planted with aren't in bloom (hyacinth and Tulip clusiana). It's done more than that, having been covered with white-eyed blue flowers for the past month or more, with no sign of letting up. Blue flowers can be so bland, but these were lovely as some of the first flowers to bloom this spring, and lovelier still once some of the companion plantings got going. I planted five plants and lost one due to underwatering (totally my fault); after a year of establishing themselves, the survivors are doing well in a hot spot in my zone 7/desert garden.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

never grew

I planted in an elevated bed with drippers and mulch. It just spent the summer not doing much. The rest of the plants in the bed were fine. Not sure why they did...Read complete review

I planted in an elevated bed with drippers and mulch. It just spent the summer not doing much. The rest of the plants in the bed were fine. Not sure why they did not grow much and not bloom. Small plants to begin with perhaps next year they will do more. Not impressed.

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5.0

Love this plant!

By 

from Wichita, KS

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica pectinata:

    I have this plant on the east side of my brick ranch home, between the sidewalk and the house. Does not get an ample amount of water because of roof overhang and no soaker hose/irrigation. Sandy soil. It has thrived since it was established. Gets approximately 2 hours of full sun/day. Certainly at its full 18 inches. Seems to root in so I don't think it is going to stop its spread. Love the blue color.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Thrilled with Veronica of pectinata!

    By 

    from Kanab UT HIGH DESERT

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Does well in akaline soil
    • Drought tolerant
    • Evergreen

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica pectinata:

        I planted this in a groundcover test garden. It is on a hot, dry and sloped part of our infertile yard with reflective heat from a dark stained concrete sidewalk.
        It is my favorite of the test species of groundcover! It actually is truly evergreen year around despite conditions. Many "evergreen" plants still look half dead most of the year, not so with this Veronica!
        And wow, it has already spread to full-size 18" diameter in less than a year, starting with a 2.5" x 2' 5 inch pot.
        The fact that it can handle a bit of foot traffic is a huge plus in our busy yard! We have lots of visitors who accidentally step on the plants.
        And it seems to bloom whenever it gets a bit of water and cool weather. Not just in the spring, but also in the fall.
        Now that I know how well it does, I plan on ordering a flat to line one of our walkways

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        5.0

        great ground cover

        By 

        from silverthorne co

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        Pros

        • Attractive
        • covers large area
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Lawn
          • Outdoors

          Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica pectinata:

          ground cover

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          1.0

          I really want it to grow!

          By 

          from Montana

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          Pros

          • Attractive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Outdoors

            Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica pectinata:

            No evidence it grew. I'd probably try it again, maybe buy it elsewhere.

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            3.0

            Did okay

            By 

            from Reno, NV

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            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Garden
              • Lawn
              • Outdoors

              Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica pectinata:

              This was one of our test purchases prior to planning a re-do of our back yard. This summer was especially hot and dry and the plant grew back and we thought it would not survive. With pampering and cooler weather, it is rejuvenated and about its original size. Will rethink buying more.

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              (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A pleasant surprise

              By 

              from Albuquerque, NM

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              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Healthy
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica pectinata:

                  I wasn't expecting much from this groundcover except that it fill in an awkward corner of an awkwardly shaped bed when the bulbs it's planted with aren't in bloom (hyacinth and Tulip clusiana). It's done more than that, having been covered with white-eyed blue flowers for the past month or more, with no sign of letting up. Blue flowers can be so bland, but these were lovely as some of the first flowers to bloom this spring, and lovelier still once some of the companion plantings got going. I planted five plants and lost one due to underwatering (totally my fault); after a year of establishing themselves, the survivors are doing well in a hot spot in my zone 7/desert garden.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  I want this to do well and will try again!

                  By 

                  from Denver, CO

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                  Pros

                  • Attractive

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica pectinata:

                    I really want this plant to do well and I will try it again. Unfortunately it starts out so small and weak that it's risky. I tried starting it in my water smart garden but sun must have been too intense for it. I will try establishing it somewhere else.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Ground cover with a lovely name

                    By 

                    from Albuquerque, NM

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                    Pros

                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy

                    Cons

                    • Small In Size

                    Best Uses

                    • Outdoors
                    • Patio

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica pectinata:

                    Although only a first year, my plants are healthy and look like they will spread fast. I can hardly wait until they drip over the rock bed they are in!

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                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    great plant

                    By 

                    from Midland TX

                    About Me Avid Gardener

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Garden
                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica pectinata:

                      I had 100% success rate with mine. It possibly doesn't get as much sun as recommended but it did bloom last year and grew. I'm going to get more this year

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                      • Personal

                      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Disappointing

                      By 

                      from Eastern Plains of Colorado

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                      Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica pectinata:

                      Although I have many wonderfully healthy and thriving plants from High Country Gardens, this one looked dead on arrival and stayed dead. The label and instructions said it was only resting and it would revive after planting. It didn't.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      non

                      By 

                      from Longmont CO

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                      Pros

                      • Attractive
                      • Healthy
                      • Nov 19 Still Blooming

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Lawn
                        • Outdoors
                        • Replace My Lawn

                        Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica pectinata:

                        greet ground cover

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

                        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        never grew

                        By 

                        from Abiquiu, NM

                        About Me Master Gardener

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Instructions

                        Cons

                        • Small In Size

                        Best Uses

                        • Rock garden

                        Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica pectinata:

                        I planted in an elevated bed with drippers and mulch. It just spent the summer not doing much. The rest of the plants in the bed were fine. Not sure why they did not grow much and not bloom. Small plants to begin with perhaps next year they will do more. Not impressed.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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