Veronica ‘Very Van Gogh’
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.
As of 12-8-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 460 species in the Veronica genus. It is a member of the plant family Plantaginaceae with 105 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO.
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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.
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.
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.
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