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Veronica Genus

speedwell

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH5.5 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Veronica genus (speedwell). This is a shrubby species with about 200 or so herbaceous evergreen perennials. Some are prostrate, creeping plants. The flowers are small pink, white, or blue and bloom in the summer.

Characteristics

Annuals or Perennials, Deciduous, Shrubs or Herbaceous

Other common names

bird's eye

Origin

Europe

Interest and use

Grown for their usually blue flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

They are fully to frost hardy and will need sun and well drained soil. When you grow Veronicas you must remember to water only in the morning, as this will aid in the prevention of any fungal diseases.

Propagation

You can propagate by division in the spring or autumn, by softwood or semi-ripe cuttings in summer or by seed in autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

May suffer from downy mildew, powdery mildew and leaf spot.

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