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Turkish Speedwell

Turkish Speedwell

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Veronica liwanensis or Turkish speedwell is one of the showiest blue flowered groundcovers and is native to the mountains of Turkey. Spreading stems of semi-evergreen foliage root as they spread across the soil and cover themselves with bright blue flowers in May-June.  Tough and drought-resistant it forms a flat green mat studded with small bright blue flowers in late spring. Its dense habit makes this an ideal lawn substitute, tolerating occasional walking. Foliage turns bronzy in extreme heat and sun. Plants may be clipped or mowed after flowering to maintain a dense habit. Terrific when underplanted with spring-flowering bulbs. Requires good drainage. Plants are easily increased by digging the clump and dividing into smaller pieces, in spring or early fall. Definitely an underused plant. Let’s change that!

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