|Silver Speedwell |
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A truly eye-catching plant, one of the few types of speedwell grown for its leaves as well as its flowers. Silver speedwell has silver white foliage and bears deep blue flowers on dramatic, stiffly upright spikes. It is drought tolerant and prefers a well-drained situation, making it a good choice for xeriscaping or rock gardens, as it cannot tolerate cold, wet soil. The blue flowers are attractive to certain species of butterfly, and once it begins blooming in the summer deadheading will extend the flowering throughout the season. Folk medicine tradition indicates it has astringent properties. An elegant addition to silver gardens.
Silver (Woolly) Speedwell is a low to mid-height perennial with upright habit. It is vigorous, fast growing, and has a moderate lifespan. This plant spreads by slow-growing rootstock. The foliage is fine and silvery, offering an attractive contrast to the tiny light blue flowers that begin in summer and continue to fall. Will naturalize.
Native to dry meadows and steppes of Eastern Europe to Siberia and Northwest China, Silver Speedwell prefers fertile, well-drained, but relatively dry soil. Naturally occurring in dry meadows and steppes.