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  • Veronica allionii Alpine speedwell Z 2-9

    Purple-blue spikes bloom from early to late summer

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    Purple-blue spikes bloom from early to late summer

    Size: 4-6” x 8-12”
    Care: sun, moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Alps

    Described in 1779 in Prosp. Hist. Pl. Dauphiné

  • Veronica gentianoides Gentian speedwell Z. 4-9

    Palest of true blue flowers

    $10.95/bareroot

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    Palest of true blue flowers bloom on 18″ spikes in early summer.

    Can not ship to: Illinois

    Size: 18" x 18"
    Care: full sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: eastern Europe
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies
    Awards: England's Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

    According to Christian tradition, as Jesus carried the cross to Calvary a woman wiped his face with her handkerchief, leaving the imprint of Christ’s features, the vera iconica, meaning “the true likeness.”  When the Catholic Church canonized the woman, the Church gave her the name Saint Veronica.  Medieval gardeners named the plant after her due to a perceived likeness of the flower to her handkerchief.  V. gentianoides was introduced to European garden cultivation in 1784. Grown in American gardens since 1850.

  • Veronica incana syn. V. spicata subsp. incana Silver speedwell, Hoary Veronica Z 4-9

    Erect blue racemes June – September atop gray foliage give a serene effect

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    Erect blue racemes June – September atop gray foliage give a serene effect

    Size: 12-18” x 12”
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: mountains & fields of Ukraine

    Introduced from Russia by 1759.   LH Bailey declared it “has a good appearance both in and out of bloom; useful in the rockery, border or geometrical garden.” (1933)

  • Veronica liwanensis Turkish speedwell Z 4-8

    Tiny true blue saucers smother the ground

    $8.25/pot

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    Tiny true blue saucers smother the ground in May & June – groundcover, front of border or rock garden plant.

    Size: 1” x 18” spreader over time
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: NE Anatolia, Caucasus
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies
    Awards: 1997 Plant Select Winner.

    Collected before 1849.