Groundcover ID

SweatfairyJuly 21, 2014

Hi,

Can someone tell me what this groundcover may be? I have 3 massive retaining walls where I'd like to plant groundcover so I can get rid of the mulch. Any insight would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance :)

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chibimimi

Is the flower from that plant? If not, it might be pachysandra.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 11:03PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

I don't know what that is, but it's definitely not pachysandra.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 11:20PM
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Sweatfairy

Actually I'm not sure about the flower. I don't remember there being too many flowers, I'll have to go back and take a look. However, I have pachysandra and it looks nothing like this, are there different kinds?

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 11:20PM
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Sweatfairy

Here is different picture if that helps...

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 11:28PM
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linaria_gw

Looks like some speed well, Veronica. The flower would fit as well. Hope someone can ID the species

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 12:24AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Good call on the flowers, linaria. They are plainly Speedwell of some sort.

I believe mine are Persian speedwell (Veronica persica), Thymeleaf speedwell (Veronica serpyllifolia), and a third which I never identified. The leaf shape in the photos is totally wrong for Thymeleaf speedwell.

The leaves are the wrong color for any of the Speedwells I have here: I've never seen yellow or red shades, only green. (But then, I eradicated them years ago from the sunny bed where I first saw Persian speedwell growing, and now rarely see them except in shady areas. I suppose that might make a difference in color.)

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 1:23AM
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Sweatfairy

Thanks so much for trying to help, any chance it's Veronica Filiformis? Some pictures look like it is and some don't :(

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 12:01AM
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linaria_gw

I dug through my pics again,
I had something like your plant in an perennial planting around here, zone 7. Pic is from November, so the red is stronger than in summer.

I am pretty sure that folks here IDed it for me as Veronica petraea,

which seems to be an almost evergreen perennial, so in hard winters it dies off (and regrows sometimes)

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 3:13AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

It isn't V filiformis. That's a common weed and not a sub shrub.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 10:00AM
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