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Trehane Creeping Speedwell

Veronica prostrata 'Trehane'

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Trehane Creeping Speedwell (Veronica prostrata 'Trehane') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Trehane Creeping Speedwell flowers

Trehane Creeping Speedwell flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Trehane Creeping Speedwell (Veronica prostrata 'Trehane') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Trehane Creeping Speedwell

Trehane Creeping Speedwell

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  4 inches

Flower Height:  8 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3b

Other Names:  Creeping Speedwell, Harebell Speedwell

Description:

Also marketed as V. teucrium or V. austriaca, this older variety is still outstanding with deep blue flowers contrasted exquisitely against delicate chartreuse-yellow foliage

Ornamental Features

Trehane Creeping Speedwell has masses of beautiful spikes of powder blue flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive crinkled oval leaves remain chartreuse in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Trehane Creeping Speedwell is a dense herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Trehane Creeping Speedwell is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Trehane Creeping Speedwell will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Trehane Creeping Speedwell is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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