The Waterperry Blue Veronica, otherwise known as the Veronica X ‘Waterperry Blue’ or Speedwell ‘Waterperry Blue’, Creeping Speedwell ‘Waterperry Blue’, Bird’s Eye ‘Waterperry Blue’, Cancerwort ‘Waterperry Blue’, Ironheads ‘Waterperry Blue’, is a rather well known perennial plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.
Best known for its low maintenance and moderate growth, this perennial will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.
This is why all the topics you need to know in order to achieve this will be covered in this Waterperry Blue Veronica Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!
The fundamental caring guidelines for every Waterperry Blue Veronica can be summed up into the following:
- Water: The Waterperry Blue Veronica needs soil that is constantly moist through regular watering.
- Light: Keep your Veronica X ‘Waterperry Blue’ in an environment where it can receive partial to full sun on a daily basis.
- Soil: Make sure to keep the Waterperry Blue Veronica in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of sand, chalk, and loam.
And as with many other plants, these are the only three care factors you need to remember to make sure your Waterperry Blue Veronica is, for the most part, healthy and well to survive.
Scientific / Botanical Aspects
In botanical terms, the Waterperry Blue Veronica belongs to the Ericaceae family, the genus Vaccinium and the species Pallidum, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Veronica X ‘Waterperry Blue’.
Other common Ericaceae species include Vaccinium Angustifolium, Scottish Heather ‘Aphrodite’, Pieris X ‘Brouwer’S Beauty’ and Picea Glauca ‘Pendula’.
As with other Vaccinium’s, the Waterperry Blue Veronica is a herbaceous plant, which means it will die back to the ground every year.
The Waterperry Blue Veronica is a plant native to the Eastern and central North America.
You might be wondering why your Waterperry Blue Veronica’s native region is important. Well, if you know where your plant originally came from, you’ll know which environment conditions it prefers, and with it, knowledge on how to replicate it at home.
With this in mind, the Veronica X ‘Waterperry Blue’ will be most used to regions where the plant hardiness level falls between 5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a and the ideal climate zone is between 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
Growth and Size
In terms of size and growth, the Waterperry Blue Veronica is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.
But, what size of Waterperry Blue Veronica are we talking about? What can you expect in terms of height, spread and spacing? Let’s dig in…
The Veronica X ‘Waterperry Blue’ can grow up to 4″ – 5″ (10cm – 12cm) in 4″ – 5″ (10cm – 12cm) and 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm) in 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm).
These dimensions make the Waterperry Blue Veronica a relatively medium perennial compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.
This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 12″ – 15″ (30cm – 37cm) free so the Waterperry Blue Veronica can spread to its best extent.
In terms of watering, the Waterperry Blue Veronica is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.
This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.
Specifically, most experts agree that the Veronica X ‘Waterperry Blue’ needs soil that is constantly moist through regular watering.
Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water.
As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Waterperry Blue Veronica in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive.
When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, and occasionally dry properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times.
In our experience, the famous ‘thumb’ or ‘finger’ test is what works best for the Waterperry Blue Veronica since with it, you will be able to give it the right amount of water, every time – regardless of the environment or placement where you do decide to keep it.
As mentioned earlier, the Waterperry Blue Veronica prefers to have soil with good drainage, and occasionally dry properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of sand, chalk, and loam.
This is why most experts agree that the Waterperry Blue Veronica requires soil with clay, loam (silt), and sand, which will give you the right conditions it needs.
In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.
Light and Exposure
In terms of light & exposure, the Waterperry Blue Veronica requires partial to full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions.
Most experts agree that this perennial will do well as long as you keep it in full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.
Specifically, we recommend that you place your Veronica X ‘Waterperry Blue’ in from full or deep shade (no direct sunlight or at most 2 hours per day), to little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day).
Being a herbaceous plant, the Waterperry Blue Veronica will die back to the ground every year.
But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (late), the summer (early, mid, late), and during the fall.
You can expect your Waterperry Blue Veronica to flower around the spring months from April to June (spring).
In particular, this perennial is well known for its flowers for cutting and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.
The Waterperry Blue Veronica produces some beautiful blue, or white flowers around this time of year.
The leaves from the Waterperry Blue Veronica have a beautiful green color during most of the year.
In particular, they have a simple arrangement with a alternate organization in its leaves.
You can expect the leaves from your Veronica X ‘Waterperry Blue’ to be around (1-3 inches) in size.
Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance
The Waterperry Blue Veronica is well known for its tolerance to animals like rabbit and deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Veronica X ‘Waterperry Blue’ will be fine.
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Most Veronica X ‘Waterperry Blue’ owners agree that this perennial will look great in most cottage and rustic gardens of all types.
Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of gravel and rock garden, and in informal and cottage styles.
In particular, the Waterperry Blue Veronica’s best location within your garden is in ground covers, beds and borders, edging, and in patio and containers, others use it for landscaping in a cutting garden, border, firescaping/fire wise, container, edging, or a rock garden.
Even though we covered a lot of care information for your Waterperry Blue Veronica, remember the basics: sunlight, soil and water, as these should be enough to grow a healthy plant at home.