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Herbaceous Perennial

Veronica gentianoides

gentian speedwell

V. gentianoides is an herbaceous perennial to 45cm in height, forming a mat of bright glossy green, ovate leaves, with long, erect terminal racemes of pale blue flowers in early summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Blue Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Plantaginaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Veronica can be annuals, perennials or sub-shrubs with paired leaves and small flowers usually in terminal or axillary racemes or spikes

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Caucasus

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in loamy, moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by division in autumn or spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Garden edging
  • Ground cover
Pruning

Remove spent flowers to encourage compact habit and good flowering in the folowing year

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be subject to a downy mildew, powdery mildews and a leaf spot

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