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Veronica notabilis

Forest Speedwell

Spreading perennial herb with erect flowering stems which have long, soft spreading hairs. Rooting at nodes.

Additional information

  • FamilyPlantaginaceae (revised from Scrophulariaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeProstrate-0.8 m x 0.3-1 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesPairs of dull green, pointed egg-shaped leaves 3.5-6 cm x 10-25 mm, 5-12 pairs of teeth facing towards the tip, base wedge-shaped.
  • Flower colourWhite to pale blue with purple veins
  • Flowering timeSeptember to January
  • FlowersLong loose terminal clusters of 10-20 flowers. Capsules glossy and hairless.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soils in damp and wet eucalypt forests. Semi-shade to dappled and full shade.
  • Garden useSpreading small herb for a cool moist garden, in a cottage garden or under established trees.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Related speciesVeronica grosseserrata is very similar but can be distinguished by the base of the leaf which is straighter, shorter curved stem hairs, fine hairs on the margins and tips of the calyx lobes and the spreading, slightly notched lobes on the capsule.
Photographer/s: 1, 3, 4 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Richard Hartland ©

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