Veronica gentianoides

5 Jun

Veronica gentianoides (18/05/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Veronica gentianoides (18/05/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to partial shade

Flowering period: Late spring to summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 50cm

Eventual Spread: 30cm

Hardiness: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a

Family: Plantaginaceae

Veronica gentianoides is an erect deciduous (evergreen in milder areas), herbaceous perennial with a spreading habit. Its glossy dark green leaves ovate with entire margins, up to 15cm long, 3cm broad and appear in rosettes. Its pale blue flowers are up to 16mm across and appear as long erect terminal racemes. Its roots have above ground rhizomes which aids its spread.

Veronica gentianoides Flower (18/05/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Veronica gentianoides Flower (18/05/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Veronica gentianoides, commonly known as Gentian Speedwell, is native to norther Middle East, from Iran to Turkey. In its native habitat it grows in damp grasslands and open woodlands.

The etymological root of the binomial name Veronica is named for Saint Veronica, who in Christian mythology gave Christ her veil to wipe his forehead while carrying the cross. Gentianoides is derive from the Latin meaning ‘like a Gentian (another species of plant)’.

The landscape architect may find Veronica gentianoides useful as an effective perennial ground cover. This plant is not attractive to rabbits or deer.

Ecologically, Veronica gentianoides is attractive to pollinating insects.

Veronica gentianoides prefers moist, moderately fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Veronica gentianoides requires little maintenance. Large clumps may be divided in spring or autumn.

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