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Mona Lisa Smile Speedwell

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  • Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 20 - 24 Inches
  • Mature Spread 20 - 24 Inches
  • Growing Zones 4 - 9

Veronica Mona Lisa Smile is a hardworking speedwell that adds a splash of color wherever it’s needed. It blooms earlier than other speedwells with tall spikes of magenta flowers. The blooming continues all summer and provides a great source of cut flowers. It has medium-green, narrow leaves that look attractive even without the flowers.

Mona Lisa Smile has a rounded, clumping form and grows to about 2 feet high and wide. It is cold resistant to zone 4 and dies back over the winter. It adapts well to most soil conditions and is resistant to many pests and diseases, including black spot, powdery mildew and root rot. It attracts hummingbirds and bees, but is not especially palatable to rabbits or deer. Use it as a “thriller” in container combinations, or add it to a perennial bed to contrast daisy-like flowers, such as rudbeckia and coneflowers. 

Mona Lisa Smile Speedwell Care

Mona Lisa Smile prefers to grow in full sun, with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. It is not particular about soil texture or pH, as long as the soil drains well. Water it regularly during the first growing season to help the roots settle in. Let it dry out between waterings. Fertilize in the spring with a slow-release formula that will increase its blooming potential.

Cut back spent flowers to encourage reblooming all summer. You can also cut back the foliage after flowering to clean up the plant and encourage the growth of fresh leaves.

Mona Lisa Smile Speedwell Spacing

For growing Mona Lisa Smile in large groups, space each plant approximately 18 inches apart. When growing this speedwell in a pot, select a container at least 18 inches in diameter and refresh the potting medium each spring.

Mona Lisa Smile Speedwell Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9
Plant Type:
Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 20 - 24 Inches
Mature Spread: 20 - 24 Inches
Spacing: 20 - 24 Inches
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Purple
Flower Description: Rosy Purple
Bloom Period: Summer
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Drought, Salt
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Containers, Mass Planting, Wetland Areas & Ponds, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers
Brand: Plants That Work
Common Name: Mona Lisa Smile Speedwell
Other Name(s):

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  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
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Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.