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Herbaceous PerennialSynonym

Veronica incana
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silver speedwell

A compact, clump-forming herbaceous perennial with lance-shaped, toothed grey-green leaves and upright, slender stems of small, star-shaped purple-blue flowers which appear in spring and summer

Synonyms
Veronica incana
Veronica candida
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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Blue Purple Green Grey Silver
Summer Blue Purple Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green Grey Silver
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Plantaginaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming, Columnar upright
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

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How to grow

Cultivation

Tolerant of a wide range of soils, as long as not extremely dry or prone to waterlogging, but prefers loamy, moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soils in full sun or light shade

Propagation

Propagate by division

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Deadhead after flowering, remove faded flower stems in the autumn

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

May be susceptible to leaf spot, Powdery mildews and downy mildews

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