Veronica ‘Very Van Gogh’ (PP27428)-Spike Speedwell

Veronica ‘Very Van Gogh’ after I brought it home from Muddy Creek Greenhouse on 6-13-19, #588-9.

Spike Speedwell

Veronica ‘Very Van Gogh’

PP27428

Veronica ‘Very Van Gogh’ is a hybrid Veronica created by Roy Herd of Walter’s Gardens in Zeeland, Michigan. It is the result of an uncontrolled open pollination of Veronica ‘Baby Doll’, the female parent, with an unknown male parent. Veronica ‘Baby Doll’ is a hybrid between Veronica longifolia x Veronica spicata. 

Walter’s Gardens has introduced A LOT of new and exciting cultivars over many years including many Veronica cultivars. 

The genus, Veronica L., was described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753. Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 459 species in the Veronica genus (as of 2-28-21 when I last updated this page). It is a member of the plant family Plantaginaceae with 106 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made.

THERE ARE A FEW LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING.

Typical flowers of Veronica ‘Very Van Gogh on 6-13-19, #588-10.

I brought this Veronica ‘Very Van Gogh’ home from Muddy Creek Greenhouse on 6-13-21. I had been there with a friend getting plants for the bed at the church earlier and had to go back… I put two of these in the church bed.

Veronica ‘Very Van Gogh’ grows to 18-24” tall x 20-24” wide, is well branching, and flowers continually from mid-summer until a fairly heavy frost. The rosy-purple flowers are self-cleaning.

Veronica ‘Very Van Gogh’ leaves on 6-13-19, #588-11.

USEFUL INFORMATION:
Family: Plantaginaceae.
Origin: Hybrid introduced by Walter’s Gardens.
Zones: USDA Zones 4a-8b (-40 to 15° F/-34.4 to -9.4°C).
Size: 18-24” tall x 20-24” wide
Light: Sun to part shade.
Soil: Average well-draining soil, amended with compost as necessary.
Water: Average
Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and is deer resistant.
Great for borders, containers, cut flowers and foliage.

I planted the Veronica ‘Very Van Gogh’ in the bed on the south side of the house where it did pretty well the remainder of the summer. I was fairly busy and didn’t get many plant photos taken the rest of the summer. Unfortunately, mine didn’t return at the house in 2020, but the two at the church did. As if 2-28-21 when I am updating this page, one at the church is still alive and well while one is barely alive.

I hope you enjoyed this page and maybe found it useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant. If you notice I made an error, please let me know. Of course, you can always send me an email at thebelmontrooster@yahoo.com.

FOR FURTHER READING:
WALTER’S GARDENS
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS)

WIKIPEDIA (GENUS)
GARDENING KNOW HOW
PERENNIALS.COM
THE NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION
CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN

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