Veronica gentianoides

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Robert Pavlis

I have grown this plant for 8 years and I would not want to be without it. The gentian speedwell, is a very delicate looking plant that flowers in late spring, putting on a great floral display for about two weeks—which is too short. Even with such a short flowering season it deserves a place in your garden.

Veronica gentianoides with Doronicum; photo by Robert Pavlis
Veronica gentianoides; photo by Robert Pavlis

Veronica gentianoides grows in full sun, but also does well in part shade. In my garden it grows on the north side of the house and spreads slowly with above ground rhizomes. If it is left to set seed it will self-sow. I cut mine back after flowering and in part shade at least, it does not bloom again.

Veronica gentianoides with Doronicum; photo by Robert Pavlis
Veronica gentianoides; photo by Robert Pavlis

There is a herbarium speciman of Veronica gentianoides v. alpinia, which looks as if it blooms at under 10 cm. I could not find any references to living plant material but I do now have seedlings of this plant. It should be a stunning little rock garden plant.

Veronica gentianoides with Doronicum; photo by Robert Pavlis
Veronica gentianoides with Doronicum; photo by Robert Pavlis

Veronica gentianoides

(veh-RON-ih-ka  jen-shee-uh-NOY-deez)

Life Cycle: perennial

Height: 45cm (1.5ft)

Bloom Time: late spring

Natural Range: Turkey, Caucasus and Iran

Habitat: open moist areas; grasslands, forests and alpine areas

Synonyms:  Veronica charadzeae, Veronica kemulariae

Cultivation of Veronica gentianoides:

Light: full sun to part shade

Soil: well drained, humusy

Water: regular moisture – does not like to dry out

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-7

Propagation: seed, division

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Robert Pavlis

I have been gardening my whole life and have a science background. Besides writing and speaking about gardening, I own and operate a 6 acre private garden called Aspen Grove Gardens which now has over 3,000 perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees. Yes--I am a plantaholic!

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