Veronica oltensis

Thyme-leaf Speedwell

 
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  • Thyme-leaf Speedwell, Veronica oltensis
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  • Thyme-leaf Speedwell, Veronica oltensis

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Veronica oltensis (Thyme Leaf Speedwell) is a beautiful, tenacious, small scale groundcover with thin stems of tiny evergreen leaves that cover themselves with blue flowers in early to mid-spring. Veronica oltensis is a little beauty that serves as an excellent crack filler between flagstone or pavers. Thyme Leaf Speedwell is a drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Easy to grow
Good for Containers
Groundcover
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Evergreen
Evergreen
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Low Maintenance
Plants for Small Spaces
Tolerates Foot Traffic
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Early to mid spring
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SKU HBL7CXX

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1" tall x 24" wide. Veronica oltensis (Thyme Leaf Speedwell) is without a doubt, one of our favorite plants with so many different uses in the landscape. At home in the rock garden, between flagstones in the patio or as a slow-growing but long-lived ground cover in the xeric garden, this little plant always looks good. The tiny dark green leaves disguise it, looking like another creeping thyme; but when it comes into bloom, the hundreds of small azure blue flowers remind you that it's something very different and special. A tough plant with evergreen foliage, it is native to the high altitudes in the rugged mountains of Turkey. Nice planted with Hymenoxys scaposa. (Cutting propagated.)
Associated SKUs
HBL7CXX
97350 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
97350F (Flat of 32 - 2.5" deep pots)
Common Name Thyme-leaf Speedwell
Botanical Name Veronica oltensis
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 1" tall
Mature Spread 24" 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, Easy to grow, Good for Containers, Groundcover, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Evergreen, Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Low Maintenance, Plants for Small Spaces, Tolerates Foot Traffic
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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High Country GardensVeronica oltensis
 
3.8

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Attractive (5)
  • Hardy (5)
  • Accurate instructions (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Patio (5)
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    • Avid gardener (3)
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    • Personal (6)

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3.0

A Lovely Little Plant

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from Velarde, NM

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Small In Size

Best Uses

  • Outdoors
  • Patio

Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica oltensis:

No blooms this first year.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Speedwell by any name

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from Bloomington, MN

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Pros

  • Hardy

Cons

  • May Not Tolerate Blk Wlnt

Best Uses

  • Patio

Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica oltensis:

The survival of my Speedwell is up to debate. It seems to have wintered over, but grown between flagstones on a crushed limestone base it is off to a sluggish start. I fault the environment more than the plant at this point. It is in half shade, but gets some direct sun. and most important it is planted under a black walnut, though with the hardscaping done 9 years ago the roots may not have not likely reached up into the base material all that far. I will update HCG further as we see how it fares in this rather harsh environment. I'm sure it would have grown like a weed closer to my pond in the rich moist soil between the stones laid there

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  • Personal

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Flagstone filler

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from Pueblo West, CO

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Patio

    Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica oltensis:

    In spite of hot summer filled with travel, plants have spread to start filling between flagstones.

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    • Personal

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great ground cover.

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    from Morristown, TN

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica oltensis:

      Has grown great in the poor gravel sand soil here. Survived one of the worst winter we have had in years. Blooms are beautiful.

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      • Personal

      (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great in between flagstones

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      from Colorado Springs, CO

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Patio

        Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica oltensis:

        This veronica is doing quite well in between the flagstones on my patio and path. It doesn't require any extra water and is beautiful in the spring. If anything, it's doing a bit too well, in that it's grown somewhat taller than the advertised 1" in height, so one has to step over them a bit on the path.

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        • Personal

        (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great between flagstones

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        from Glenwood Springs, CO

        About Me Getting Started

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Hardy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Patio

          Comments about High Country Gardens Veronica oltensis:

          Used between flagstones. Spreads quickly and looks almost like the pictures

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          • Personal

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