Veronica longifolia Very Van Gogh
photo of Veronica 'Very Van Gogh' courtesy of Walters Gardens

Speedwell

'Very Van Gogh' produces a plethora of paintbrush-like, rosy purple flowers on heavily branched scapes from midsummer into late summer. Honeybees, hummingbirds, and butterflies delight in their sweet nectar. Each main flower spike is surrounded by up to a dozen secondary flower spikes, resulting in a prolonged season of bloom. Its bright green, upright clumping foliage may take on some red tones in fall.

  • Height: 46-51 cm (18-20 in)
  • Spread: 51-60 cm (20-24 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: full sun to light shade
  • Bloom Time: mid to late summer
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: rosy purple
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies and hummingbirds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow Veronica in average soil that has been amended with organic material. It flowers best in full sun. Deadheading will promote more bloom. When all the flowers are done cut it back to the basal rosette to maintain an attractive appearance.