Creeping speedwell is a low-growing perennial ground cover with tiny blooms. Veronica filiformis is a trailing perennial that grows to a height of 2 to 4 inches and produces little, one-of-a-kind blooms. The flowers, which arise in the spring and summer, are made up of four spherical petals in pink, blue, or purple. In warm climates, the leaf is scalloped and evergreen.
Care for Creeping Speedwell
Creeping speedwell is a low-maintenance plant that may be found growing wild in lawns, fields, and meadows. It is fairly resilient and can withstand mowing and foot traffic. Indeed, chopped parts blown by a mower quickly take root, thus expanding the plant. These plants look great in rock gardens or along footpaths.
Creeping speedwell is resistant to deer and rabbits. If the soil is kept excessively damp, they are subject to root rot and other fungal diseases. It is important to remember that the thick mats formed by the plants may house ticks and fleas.
Creeping speedwell thrives in both full sun and partial shade. When cultivated in warm areas, however, full sun might be too harsh for creeping speedwell. Plants cultivated in complete shade seldom blossom properly. Plant creeping speedwell in a location with partial shade, especially in the afternoon, for the optimum growth and bloom.
Soil Creeping Speedwell is a tough plant that grows on lawns, fields, and meadows. It loves loamy, sandy, well-draining soil that is wet, although it may survive some clay. These plants thrive best in soil with a neutral pH, but they can survive slightly acidic and slightly alkaline soils as well.
Creeping speedwell is drought-tolerant once established. Water these plants just until the top inch or two of soil starts to dry up to prevent issues with damp soil. It is better to water young, freshly planted speedwells more often until they are established. A weekly inch of water is sufficient to keep established plants healthy.
Humidity and temperature
As long as it is cultivated in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 9, this groundcover plant can withstand a broad variety of temperature and humidity conditions. Keep in mind that the plant will stay evergreen in warm weather settings but not in areas with significant seasonal temperature swings.
Creeping speedwell is a light feeder that can even be grown in poor soil conditions, thus it does not need frequent fertilisation. However, if you want to guarantee that the plant obtains the nutrients it need, incorporate compost or a well-balanced fertiliser into the soil in early spring.
Pruning is not required, however it may be desirable to prevent the plant from spreading. To achieve this, just clip the plant using garden snips. A lawnmower is the finest method to make rapid work of huge areas of creeping speedwell utilised as ground cover. However, if you don’t want the trimmed parts to grow root, it’s advisable to mow these plants using a collecting bag.
Stop trimming in late summer, particularly for plants growing in colder climates. This permits the plants to produce enough mature foliage to survive the winter. Pruning too late in the season produces new growth that is too sensitive to survive the winter.