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Veronica derwentiana ssp. derwentiana

Derwent Speedwell

Upright to floppy perennial woody herb with unbranched stems. Stems last 1-2 years.

Additional information

  • SynonymDerwentia derwentiana, Parahebe derwentiana
  • FamilyPlantaginaceae (syn. Scrophulariaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.6-1 m x 1 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesDark green, lance-shaped leaves 5-20 cm long, margins finely toothed.
  • Flower colourWhite to pale blue
  • Flowering timeNovember to January
  • FlowersTerminal sprays of up to 100 flowers held above the foliage on long stalks.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soils in damp forests. Frost and snow tolerant. Dappled, semi and full shade.
  • Garden useSprays of flowers are attractive in summer in shady positions. A gawky plant for specimen planting.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1, 4 Marilyn Bull; 2 Gordon Carter ©; 3 Nadya Korinfsky, NatureShare ©

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