Veronica – Speedwell, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Veronica
– Speedwell

When
Christ was laboring beneath the heavy cross, He faltered,
and a maiden, St. Veronica, rushed forward to wipe the
perspiration from His brow. The impress of His face
was found upon her napkin. Such is the story of St.
Veronica, and because the markings of some species of
Veronica resemble a face, this flower was named after
St. Veronica. It is a pretty story and one we recall
when looking at this flower. Veronicas are excellent
border and rock garden subjects. The diversity of the
species render them of use in many spots.

SPECIES.
Veronica longifolia subsessilis. Japanese Speedwell.
This is, perhaps, one of the most attractive of all
blue-violet flowers for the border. The long spikes
of bloom are feet tall and are produced through July
to late September.

V.
spicala grows 1 1/2 feet tall and bears either blue,
pink, or white flowers in June.

V.
incana seldom grows over a foot tall and besides having
amethyst-blue flowers, it has gray foliage. It blooms
in July and August.

V.
virginica, Culver’s Root, is a tall sort, 3 to 5 feet
high, producing clusters of white spikes of bloom throughout
July. Often called Leptandra virginica.

V.
Teucrium rupeslris and V. repens are dwarf, trailing
sorts carpeting the soil with green and covered with
pale blue flowers in May and June.

UTILIZE.
As already stated the Veronicas are superb for the perennial
border and the rock garden. V. Teucrium rupeslris
and V. repens are also good ground covers for dry banks
or graves. The taller sorts are good for cutting, especially
Y. longifolia subsessilis.

GENERAL.
Veronicas are of easy culture; they usually prefer moist
soil. Although they grow in poor soil, some fertilizer
in the form of bonemcal will increase the size of the
spikes. They generally prefer full sun, perhaps with
the exception of Y. virginica and Y. repens.

PROPAGATION.
The plants are easily divided. Seeds may be sown and
some sorts root when the branches touch the soil


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