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Georgia Blue Veronica umbrosa

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Georgia Blue Veronica
Veronica umbrosa 'Georgia Blue'  / Syn. Veronica peduncularis

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where Georgia Blue Veronica is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Unfortunately for those of you who live in the U.S. state of Georgia, this plant is not a native. That said, 'Georgia Blue Veronica is one of the most rewarding plants to have in the garden. This exciting groundcover Veronica was actually discovered in 1979 in the Republic of Georgia and named by England's Roy Lancaster. It was misidentified as Veronica peduncularis, due to an incorrectly identified Kew Gardens herbarium sheet. So, now you know the rest of the story.

Anyway, now that we have all the official data taken care of...

'Georgia Blue' Veronica features very small, dark green, rounded foliage, which is evergreen and turns glossy purple in winter. The foliage lays on the ground, making a nice mat that is not not weedy. In late winter and early spring, February through April in our north-central Georgia gardens, the foliage is nearly hidden by an abundance of pretty, cobalt-blue flowers with cute little white eyes.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing about 6 inches tall with a spread of 12 inches or more, Georgia Blue Veronica is ideal for use as a low border along garden beds, paths and walkways. It also serves well as an underplanting for small trees and is perhaps most impressive planted in mass in landscape borders. We've even used it as a crevice filler around boulders. Not impressive as a stand alone in containers but a wonderful addition to mixed container gardens. A fine addition to cottage, rock and blue color theme gardens.

Suggested Spacing:  10-12" apart for mass plantings or border





Cultural Preferences

Georgia Blue Veronica is easy to grow in a range of conditions. It's not too picky about soil type or soil moisture and grows well in full sun or part shade. That said, we have this Veronica growing as a border in several spots throughout our gardens and it performs equally as well in somewhat dry soils as it does in somewhat moist soils. Moist but well-drained soils are probably the best. Well-drained moist soils of average fertility are probably the best.




Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Groundcover
Height or Length at Maturity:  6-8"
Width at Maturity:  12" or more 
Spacing:  10-12" apart
Growth Habit / Form:  Carpet-forming, Spreading/Trailing
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  Blue
Flower Type:  Single
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  Spring 
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Green turns to Bronze-Purple in winter
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun 
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Heat, Humidity, Insect, Light Foot Traffic



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