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Veronica longifolia 'Blauriesin'

Speedwell

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Blue

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

All veronicas, or speedwells, are undemanding perennials which love sunshine and well-drained, moist soil. Veronica longifolia, sometimes known as the long-leafed speedwell because of its slender foliage, is a fairly tall, vigorous plant with slim stems that sometimes need support. The natural species, a woody-stemmed plant found wild beside streams, lakes and in other fairly wet places, may seem dull in an otherwise colourful border, but many of its varieties have brighter, richer flowers. 'Blauriesin', 'Blue Giantess' or 'Foerster's Blue', is one of the loveliest, taller than most and a choice plant for any moist but well-drained site. Plant in groups for maximum impact.

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Genus: Veronica

Species: longifolia

Cultivar: Blauriesin

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 75cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

Time to divide plants: September to May


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