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Eveline Speedwell

Veronica longifolia 'Eveline'

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Eveline Speedwell (Veronica longifolia 'Eveline') at Stein's Garden & Home

Eveline Speedwell flowers

Eveline Speedwell flowers

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Plant Height:  8 inches

Flower Height:  20 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Longleaf Speedwell

Garden Stars Perennials

The Garden Stars® Perennial Collection is a complete line of all your traditional perennial favorites with some exciting new varieties too! These perennials are grown by a network of trusted growers to provide you the highest quality plants for your garden. These varieties have been selected for hardiness, compact growth, and consistent, reliable flower color. Perfect for planting in: garden beds, perennial borders, rock, cottage, prairie or woodland gardens, & even pots on the patio!

Ornamental Features

Eveline Speedwell has masses of beautiful spikes of purple flowers rising above the foliage from mid summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves are emerald green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous deep purple in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Eveline Speedwell is a dense herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. 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.

Eveline Speedwell is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Eveline Speedwell will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 20 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 15 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. 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.

Eveline Speedwell is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

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