Gentian speedwell Veronica gentianoides

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
gentian speedwell


Veronica gentianoides, commonly known as Gentian Speedwell, is a perennial plant with a tidy, clump-forming habit. Its foliage consists of glossy, lance-shaped leaves that are bright green in color, creating a lush mat-like backdrop. From late spring to early summer, the Gentian Speedwell produces a profusion of sky-blue to pale violet flowers. These blooms are noted for their spiky inflorescences that rise above the foliage, each inflorescence adorned with multiple small flowers. Each flower has a distinctive pale eye at the center and four rounded petals that are slightly reflective, giving them a delicate sparkle. The allure of these blooms is enhanced by their contrast with the verdant green leaves. After the flowering period, the plant continues to provide visual interest with its dense foliage.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Gentian Speedwell, Gentian Leaf Speedwell, Gentian Veronica.

    • Common names

      Veronica gentianoides var. albicaulis, Pseudolysimachion gentianoides, Pseudolysimachion gentianoides var. albicaulis.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Veronica, or Veronica gentianoides, is generally considered non-toxic to humans. There is no widespread evidence or reports suggesting that this plant poses any significant risk of poisoning upon ingestion. Thus, no specific symptoms of poisoning are associated with this plant when it comes to humans. However, it's always advisable to be cautious since individual allergic reactions or sensitivities could occur.

    • To pets

      Veronica, or Veronica gentianoides, is also generally considered non-toxic to pets. There are no specific toxic compounds known to be present in this plant that would cause poisoning in animals such as cats or dogs. Therefore, no symptoms of poisoning are typically expected if a pet ingests parts of this plant. Always observe pets for any signs of distress after ingesting any plant material, as individual reactions can vary.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: Veronica gentianoides, commonly known as Gentian Speedwell, is valued for its beautiful blue flowers that can add a splash of color to gardens and landscapes.
    • Pollinator Attraction: The plant is known to attract bees and butterflies, which play a crucial role in pollinating other plants in the garden.
    • Low Maintenance: Gentian Speedwell is considered to be relatively easy to care for, requiring minimal maintenance once established.
    • Drought Resistance: Once established, it can withstand periods of drought, making it a good choice for gardens in drier climates or for gardeners seeking low-water plants.
    • Ground Cover: Its mat-forming habit makes it an excellent ground cover, preventing weeds and protecting the soil from erosion.
    • Cold Hardy: The plant is cold-resistant, allowing it to thrive in cooler climates where other species might not survive.
    • Long Blooming: Veronica gentianoides has a long flowering period, providing garden interest from late spring to early summer.
    • Wildlife Friendly: The plant provides shelter and food for various small wildlife, contributing to the biodiversity of the garden environment.
    • Border Planting: Its compact and tidy growth habit makes it suitable for edges and borders, providing clear delineation in garden design.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Anti-inflammatory: Veronica gentianoides may possess anti-inflammatory properties, potentially useful in reducing inflammation.
    • Diuretic effect: Traditionally, it might be used to promote urine production and relieve fluid retention.
    Please note that the medical applications of plants should always be employed with caution and under professional healthcare guidance. There may be limited scientific studies to fully support the traditional uses of Veronica gentianoides, and its efficacy and safety have not been conclusively proven for medical uses.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Veronica gentianoides, commonly known as gentian speedwell, can be used as a ground cover in gardens due to its mat-forming nature and ability to spread effectively.
    • In floral arrangements, the delicate blue flowers of the gentian speedwell can add a touch of elegance and are useful for creating "wild garden" style compositions.
    • Gentian speedwell may serve as a border plant in landscaping, its linear growth habit and neat appearance lends itself to defining garden edges.
    • The plant can be used as a filler in between stepping stones, tolerating light foot traffic and providing a lush green texture to garden pathways.
    • Due to its tolerance for partial shade, gentian speedwell can be planted under taller plants or shrubs as part of a layered garden design.
    • Gentian speedwell can be utilized in "green roof" plantings, its hardiness and low maintenance requirements make it suitable for this environment.
    • In rock gardens, the plant's ability to thrive in well-drained conditions makes it an ideal choice for adding a pop of color among the stones.
    • As an educational tool, gentian speedwell can be used to teach botany and horticulture students about plant propagation methods such as division.
    • The flowers of gentian speedwell attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, providing a beneficial service to the garden ecosystem.
    • For ornamental purposes, different cultivars of gentian speedwell can be collected and displayed to demonstrate the variety within this species.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Veronica gentianoides is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Veronica gentianoides is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Fidelity: Veronica gentianoides, commonly known as Gentian Speedwell, often symbolizes fidelity, representing loyalty and steadfastness in relationships due to its hardy nature and enduring bloom.
    • Healing: Historically, the Gentian Speedwell has been associated with healing due to its use in traditional medicine for various ailments, thus symbolizing the restoration of health.
    • Clarity: The clear blue of the Gentian Speedwell's flowers is thought to symbolize clarity and truth, reminding us to be clear and honest in our thoughts and communications.

Every two weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to early summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Speedwell should be watered deeply once or twice a week, depending on the weather conditions and soil drainage, to encourage a robust root system. During hot or dry periods, it might require additional water, while less frequent watering is necessary when rainfall is abundant. Generally, aim for about one inch of water per week, which is roughly equivalent to 0.623 gallons spread over the plant's root zone. Be careful not to overwater, as Speedwell prefers well-drained soils and does not like to sit in waterlogged conditions. It's best to water early in the morning to reduce evaporation and give the foliage time to dry out, thus minimizing the risk of fungal diseases.

  • sunLight

    Speedwell thrives best in full sun to partial shade conditions. The ideal spot for this plant is one where it receives at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily. However, in regions with very hot summers, providing afternoon shade will help protect the plant from intense heat. A location that offers morning sunlight and afternoon protection will yield the best flowering results.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Speedwell is hardy and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, thriving in zones 4 through 8. It can survive winter temperatures as low as -30°F and high summer temperatures well above 90°F. The plant's ideal growing conditions fall within the range of 60°F to 75°F, where it can grow and flower most abundantly. It's important to ensure the plant is well-established before the first frost to survive the colder temperatures.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Speedwell is essential to maintain its shape, encourage bushier growth, and promote a second bloom in the season. After the first flush of flowers fades, cut back the flower stalks by one-third to one-half. Pruning is best done in late spring or early summer following the bloom period. This encourages a tidier plant and can lead to a second, though less abundant, flowering later in the season.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Veronica gentianoides, commonly known as gentian speedwell, prefers well-draining, moderately fertile soil with a pH range of 5.8 to 6.8. A good soil mix can include equal parts of loam, sand, and peat for optimum growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Gentian speedwell should be repotted every two to three years or when the plant becomes root-bound. It's best to repot in the spring before the onset of the growing season.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Gentian speedwell thrives at average humidity levels, similar to those found in its natural meadow habitat. No specific humidity requirements are necessary for this plant outside of typical outdoor conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and ensure soil drainage.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sun/part shade; space 12-18 inches apart.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Veronica gentianoides, commonly known as Gentian Speedwell, begins its life cycle with seed germination, typically occurring in spring when soil temperatures rise and moisture is abundant. After germination, seedlings develop a root system and foliage, entering a vegetative growth phase, during which they establish themselves and form a rosette of leaves. As the plant matures, it undergoes bolting, where a flower stalk emerges, and the vegetative growth shifts to reproductive growth. Blooming occurs from late spring to early summer, with the plant producing small, blue to violet flowers that facilitate cross-pollination, primarily by bees and other insects. After pollination, seeds form and are eventually dispersed, completing the reproductive phase. The Gentian Speedwell can also propagate vegetatively through division in spring or fall, thus expanding its presence in a garden setting.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to early summer

    • The Veronica gentianoides, commonly known as Gentian Speedwell, is typically propagated through seed or by division. The most popular method for propagating this perennial plant is through division, which should be done in the early spring or fall when the plant is not in active growth. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the plant and gently separate it into smaller sections, making sure that each section has a portion of the root system. These divisions can then be replanted into well-draining soil at the same depth they were previously growing. Water the newly planted divisions thoroughly to help establish them. This method allows gardeners to quickly increase their stock of Gentian Speedwell while ensuring that the new plants are true to the parent in terms of characteristics.