Miffy Brute Speedwell
Veronica chamaedrys 'Miffy Brute'
Miffy Brute Speedwell flowers
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Plant Height: 3 inches
Flower Height: 5 inches
Spacing: 10 inches
Hardiness Zone: 6b
Other Names: Bird's Eye Speedwell, Germander Speedwell
An interesting variegated sport of the species native to Northern Europe, making it a delicate additon to a border garden; shade is required where summers are extreme
Miffy Brute Speedwell is clothed in stunning panicles of powder blue flowers with white eyes rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. Its attractive oval leaves emerge pink in spring, turning white in colour with showy green variegation throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Miffy Brute Speedwell is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Miffy Brute Speedwell is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Miffy Brute Speedwell will grow to be only 3 inches tall at maturity extending to 5 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Miffy Brute Speedwell is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.