Creeping Speedwell: Fancy Flowers And Dense Cover

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Overview

As the name suggests, creeping speedwell seeds are self-sowing, spreading a carpet of healthy plants with lovely flowers beneficial for butterflies and bees.

This ground cover plant native to Europe thrives in any well-drained soil and does not require much maintenance. The creeping speedwell is an excellent choice for people with low tolerance for fuss in the garden.

Once established, it spreads to cover small to medium areas of land. It grows fast, filling in bare patches and turning patches of bare land into a sea of lovely green. The creeping speedswell is low maintenance and incredibly adaptable, thriving in almost any condition. One plant can grow into a thick mass, spreading quickly. It likes shady locations but will also grow in full sun.

The creeping speedwell grows either as a flowering plant or as an evergreen. The flowering season lasts from spring until fall. The rounded little flowers are shades of pink and purple.

They often grow in clumps of spots and lines of small flowers. The flowers look like cheerful patches of green during the colder months when they are the only source of color in the garden.

The flowers attract butterflies and bees, which will be happy to help the creeping speedwell spread. These plants like moist soil but they also do very well in clay soil. They are very low maintenance and have a very dense, rapid growth pattern.

Types Of Creeping Speedwell

Creeping speedwell (Veronica repens) flowers and grows to fill in open patches between low-growing plants and shrubs. Not only has speedwell been valued for its flowers, but also for its leaves in the salad bowl. It is also related to forget-me-nots. The creeping habit makes speedwell a good plant to fill in spaces in the lawn or to cover bare areas in the garden. You can collect the seeds and grow this beauty in your garden.

During the hot summer months, creeping speedwell has beautiful blue flowers that attract bees. These plants are also deer resistant.

Here are some important facts about creeping speedwell:

  • It is low growing.
  • It grows 12 to 36 inches tall.
  • It grows in full sun or partial shade.
  • It resembles clover.
  • It spreads by runners.
  • It grows in poor soil.
  • It grows in zones 3 to 9.

A selection of creeping speedwell is Veronica repens “Pineapple Crush,” which has vibrant gold foliage. This variety grows to 12 to 18 inches tall and has large, richly colored flowers.

Creeping Speedwell Care

Sun, Water, Space, And Drainage

Streptanthus tortuosus is a popular annual that grows up to a foot tall and spreads a lot wider. Its creeping habit makes it ideal for filling a raised bed, although in some places the plant may randomly sprawl over the ground.

These annuals are ravenously hungry and must be fed often to stay in flower for a long season. They also can burn from desert sun, so give them a position in the shade of a tree or tall bush.

Speedwells are happiest if they have a winter chilling and won’t start growth until the soil is above 50°F. That means that in your garden, they should be planted early.

Prepare the bed and position the plants on the verge of the sun and shade. Pour them out and sprinkle them on, covering them lightly with soil. If you don’t, you’ll need to water or you’ll end up with an empty stand.

Speedwells are shallow rooted, so water when the top inch of soil is dry. During flowering, they need at least one inch of water a week.

Space the plants so that they have a lot of room to spread.

Light

Creeping speedwell will grow almost anywhere. They're not picky about water and soil conditions. Nor are they particularly fussy about sunlight. To get nice flowering from creeping speedwell, just the right amount is needed. Too much will yield spindly weak blooms. Too little will result in few flowers and infrequent flowering. A few hours of direct sunlight is enough.

Creeping speedwell is a low-growing plant. It will try to spread as much as possible. Under some circumstances, it can be a pretty invasive weed. In a bog garden, or if you have a creek or stream nearby, it can be a nice addition. Even in a bog garden if you do not want it to spread a lot, or if you have a creek or stream nearby, grow creeping speedwell in a container with drainage holes.

Creeping speedwells do grow along streams and in bogs naturally. They do grow in damp areas of the yard because of that. Plant them wherever you want them to spread a bit. They will do that nicely.

Water

Creeping speedwell likes to be watered twice a week. The best times are in the morning, while the ground is still cool, and in the evening.

If your speedwell thrives and covers the ground densely, use a weed whacker to cut it instead of a lawn mower.

If the speedwell becomes too dense, cut it out, leaving ten inches intact in the soil. It will come back strong in a couple of months.

Soil

Creeping Speedwell is a perennial plant. This basically means that it will last more than two years, as long as you protect it from harsh winter conditions. This is confusing to some people who think that this indicates Creeping Speedwell will be hard to grow. However, Creeping Speedwell will not thrive when you plant it into a temperate soil. The plants will die if you mistake them for a perennial plant. It will only work as a perennial once your soil is at its ideal level. If you want it to survive and come back next year, you need to be certain about the type of ground you have.

The ideal soil for the Creeping Speedwell is sandy loam. Sandy loam has the best drainage which makes it a very fertile type of earth.

This is what makes the Creeping Speedwell one of the most sought-after plants for most gardens. Its quick growth can lay down a dense cover, which can effectively hide and protect other plants. It is an ideal plant for giving your garden some color and hiding unsightly objects, like trash cans.

The Creeping Speedwell Basket of Gold is a notable cultivar of the species. The flowers are beautiful and stand out among the dark green of the leaves. This is going to make the Creeping Speedwell a delight to have in any garden.

Fertilizer

Speedwell, Veronica officinalis, is an ornamental plant which will grow almost anywhere, including dry, shady spots where nothing else will grow. It will even grow in semi-shade. Speedwell is a most-wanted garden flower which is popular among the bees and butterflies. The pretty white flowers start opening in early spring and continue to bloom until late autumn.

You can grow this plant not only in your flowerbeds, but also in rock or wood gardens, and you'll be assured that it will do a very good job. Creeping speedwell is very easy to grow, and it is a hardy perennial.

Speedwell, also known by its other common names such as Veronica repens or Repand Veronica, has very beautiful flowers. The flower's petals have a very distinct pointed form and they bloom in elongated clusters. What is even more spectacular is the fact that it has a spray of gracefully drooping blooms and the clusters grow on long, slender stems.

One of the best features of this plant is that it is a vigorous spreader, and it will easily creep along the ground and hug the ground for support. It is very good for creating thick and lush layers of green foliage, which will last all season long.

Propagation

Creeping speedwell (Veronica repens) is an easy plant to propagate. It thrives best in shady to moderate sunlight areas with well-drained soil and can be successfully grown in rock gardens, wall cracks, and as a ground cover. Its shiny green leaves grow upright, reaching up to 12 to 18 inches long while the stems sprawl out over the surface, making a nice mound of foliage.

Growing creeping speedwell from seed is relatively simple. Plant seeds in root-friendly containers such as seed flat or cell trays and water. Seeds should sprout within 14 to 21 days.

To ensure the best results, sow seeds in spring or fall in a lightly shaded, well-drained soil mix. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Space out the seeds and don’t cover them as this prevents the seedlings from gathering enough light.

When the creeping speedwell plant has germinated, they will need some time to develop and should be placed in a sunny to partly sunny location. Keep the soil moist but not soggy.

Later on, once the creeping speedwell plant has outgrown its container, transplant it to the original location.

Speedwells are also a good choice for growing in hanging baskets, windowsills, or pots because their trailing stems look neat and their flowers stay colorful. They are an easy to grow and care plant.

Pruning

Creeping speedwell flowers are striking dark blue, and often with white streaks. They appear in early summer on wilder areas and can be a bit of a problem. If plants flower on your lawn they tend to die out for you to mow. The stems grow under the turf and above the ground. If you want to keep your green grass undisturbed, you may want to add some Creeping speedwell to your garden.

Creeping speedwell is a low growing plant that thrives in shade and moist soil. Is it perfect for shady corners of your garden. It grows quickly to form a mat, and fills dark places in your garden and under trees with dense cover. Flowers can be followed by tiny purplish black fruits, but this take place only if the plant is not mowed.

The plant is easy to grow from seeds. Just scatter them on top of the soil and press into the surface. If you want to grow this plant in other areas, cut the stem to the depth of about 2 inches and pluck it out from the ground. The new plant will develop roots from the cut end and will grow faster than if planted directly in the ground.

Problems

Creeping speedwell is an invasive perennial weed. Creeping speedwell is a species of Veronica and is often referred to as Veronica repens because of its creeping growth habit. The plant develops thick underground rhizomes similar to the growth habit of strawberries. Creeping Veronica is most well known for its erect stems that assume a prostrate growth habit. Perennials are hardy plants that live for more than two years and propagate from seeds or rhizomes to help ensure their continued survival.

Creeping speedwell is popularly seen in lawns due to its high tolerance to roadside salt. Tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass are some of the most commonly grown turfgrass species in the US, but all are susceptible to creeping speedwell invasion. Creeping speedwell are invasive perennials that spread from the rhizomes, which grow just 1 to 2 inches below the soil surface. Plant on average sprouts 4–6 inches tall and usually forms dense blooming patches.

Growing Problems

The creeping speedwell can cause some mild growing problems, and other difficulties, but they are generally easy to care for.

Repotting and preventing creeping speedwell from sprawling can result in dense cover in your garden. The creeping speedwell flowers are usually blue or lavender, making it a hardy and colorful addition to any yard.

Creeping speedwell is perfect for a rock garden or near other plants because it is so dense and low to the ground.

While creeping speedwell can benefit some other plants, it can also hamper their growth. Creeping speedwell likes dry conditions, so it can choke out other harboring wetter conditions. Creeping speedwell can also cause problems in a vegetable or flower garden, because it is so dense.

Another potential issue with creeping speedwell is the leaves, which can be toxic if ingested by your pets or children.

Although this plant is generally low maintenance and does not cause much trouble, there are a few steps you can take to ease potential issues.

The first step to growing creeping speedwell is to give it plenty of sunlight. It specifically likes shade in the morning, but you can use creeping speedwell to replace other plants, which may not like full sun.

Pests

Creeping speedwell can be a great addition to your garden. Its delicate, yellow, five-petaled flowers are easy to grow and can grow into a dense mat of light, green leaves that can provide a gorgeous backdrop for some of your other plants. Creeping speedwell can tolerate shade and low water as well, making it ideal in areas where the soil is not ideal for other plants.

But creeping speedwell can also be a real problem in your garden. If it is allowed to go to seed, it can take over and begin suffocating other plants. Even if you mow the speedwell once in a while, it can still grow back. Creeping speedwell tends to spread across the ground, creating a green mat around the surrounding plants, which causes the other plants to go into survival mode. The surrounding plants no longer grow upward, but instead grow as thick as possible to compensate for the speedwell creeping over them. If this happens, it can lead to all your other plants being stunted in their growth, never reaching their full potential. This can create a very unhealthy look in your garden; no plant has the time or resource to flower or create the fruit or vegetables your family needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Creeping speedwell is an important plant in the garden. It grows well in dry places and is quite hard to keep down. It is a native flower in the United States, and found wild in mountains and fields.

It has spread naturally and is now considered a non-native invasive plant. It has been brought over from Europe when the settlers arrived.

There are different kinds of speedwell. The most popular is Veronica arvensis, which is also called Japanese speedwell. Veronica serpyllifolia is creeping speedwell. It also goes by the name wild strawberry speedwell or creeping charlie. It is the most popular kind of speedwell there is.

Those who like this plant say that it brings a lot of color to the yard, as well as loads of tiny flowers. The plant will grow well on its own, but it will look even better thank it can with a little bit of help. If you don’t want to let the plant take over the area, but still want the flowers, you can plan a little way to keep it from spreading.

Creeping speedwell is excellent for a perennial flower garden. You can also use it as ground cover if you want to keep it contained somewhat. It looks best when there are plants nearby to soften the look.