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Hedge Veronica

Veronica x franciscana

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Plantaginaceae (Plantain)
Evergreen shrub
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Gardens, grassland, hedgerows, meadows, roadsides, rocky places, sea cliffs, seaside, walls, wasteland, woodland.

Purple, 4 petals
Hedge Veronica is celebrated for its delicate yet vibrant blooms, which typically appear in clusters along upright stems. Each flower boasts a striking shade of violet-blue, adorned with a subtle white center that adds a touch of elegance. These blossoms are relatively small but create a picturesque display, especially when in full bloom during late spring to early summer. Known for its resilience and ability to thrive in various soil conditions, Hedge Veronica not only beautifies garden borders and rockeries but also attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies, enhancing its ecological value.
The fruit of Hedge Veronica consists of small, spherical capsules that develop after the flowering period. These capsules are typically green initially, turning brown as they mature. Each capsule contains tiny seeds, which are dispersed naturally as the capsule dries and splits open. While less conspicuous than its vibrant flowers, the fruit of Hedge Veronica plays a crucial role in its reproductive cycle, ensuring the continued growth and spread of this resilient and adaptable plant species.
The leaves of Hedge Veronica are lance-shaped and typically arranged opposite each other along the stems. They are smooth-edged and can vary in size, generally growing up to several centimeters in length. The foliage is a deep green color, providing a lush backdrop to the plant's vibrant flowers. The leaves are known for their durability and ability to withstand various environmental conditions, contributing to the overall hardiness of Hedge Veronica in both cultivated gardens and natural settings.
Hedge Veronica is not particularly known for its scent. It is primarily cultivated for its attractive flowers and foliage rather than for any notable fragrance. The plant's focus is on visual appeal, with its clusters of violet-blue blooms adding color and charm to garden landscapes. Therefore, if you are looking to enhance your garden with visual beauty rather than aromatic allure, Hedge Veronica is a great choice.
Other Names:
Franciscana Speedwell, Hebe, Shrub Speedwell, Shrubby Veronica.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Veronica x franciscana, also known as franciscana speedwell, is a hybrid perennial plant that is a cross between two other species, Veronica longifolia and Veronica spicata. It is a popular ornamental plant known for its showy blue or violet spikes of flowers that bloom in the spring and summer. It is relatively low maintenance, hardy, and tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions. This hybrid is not commonly used for medicinal or other practical purposes, and there is little scientific research on its potential benefits. It is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens, rock gardens, and borders and is often cultivated in flower gardens as a groundcover or in mixed perennial borders.


Veronica x franciscana, commonly known as Hedge Veronica, is a hybrid plant that is gaining popularity among gardeners. This plant is known for its versatile nature, attractive appearance, and ease of care. In this article, we will dive into the world of Hedge Veronica and see what makes it a must-have for any garden.


Hedge Veronica is a low-growing shrub that can reach up to 1.5 meters in height and 1.5 meters in width. Its leaves are green and have a glossy texture. The plant produces spikes of tiny blue, pink, or white flowers from spring to summer. These spikes can grow up to 40 centimeters long and provide a stunning contrast against the glossy green leaves.


Hedge Veronica is a versatile plant that can be used in various ways in the garden. It can be planted as a standalone shrub, used as a border plant, or grown in mass plantings to create a dense hedge. Its compact size makes it ideal for small gardens and its low-growing nature makes it an excellent choice for rock gardens or raised beds.


Hedge Veronica is an easy plant to care for and can be grown in a variety of soils, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils. The plant prefers full sun to partial shade, but can also tolerate some shade. Watering is necessary during prolonged periods of drought, but the plant is relatively drought-tolerant once established. Pruning is necessary to control its size and shape, and can be done after the plant has finished blooming.

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Another great aspect of Hedge Veronica is its versatility in terms of its hardiness. This plant is hardy in USDA zones 5-9, making it suitable for a wide range of climates. It is also highly resistant to pests and diseases, which means it requires minimal maintenance once established.

Additionally, Hedge Veronica is an excellent choice for those who are looking for a low-maintenance plant. The plant is easy to propagate, either through division or from cuttings, and once established, it requires very little attention. This makes it a great choice for those who are looking for a plant that will grow and thrive without constant care.

Hedge Veronica also provides several benefits for wildlife in the garden. Its spikes of tiny flowers are a great source of nectar for bees and other pollinators. In addition, the plant's dense foliage provides a habitat for birds and other small creatures.

Another great aspect of Hedge Veronica is its versatility in terms of its use in landscaping. The plant can be used as a border plant, a mass planting, or even as an accent in a mixed garden bed. Its low-growing nature makes it perfect for planting along pathways or walkways, while its attractive appearance makes it an excellent choice for adding color and interest to your garden.

Hedge Veronica also makes a great addition to a container garden. Its compact size makes it perfect for planting in pots or containers on your patio or deck. The plant's spikes of tiny flowers provide a stunning display and its dense foliage can be used to create a lush and green display.

In addition to its ornamental value, Hedge Veronica also has medicinal properties. The plant has been used for centuries for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It has been used to treat skin conditions, wounds, and even respiratory problems.

Finally, Hedge Veronica is a low-maintenance plant that is easy to grow and care for. Once established, the plant requires minimal care and attention, making it a great choice for those who want a low-maintenance garden.

30 Hedge Veronica Facts

Here are 30 facts about Hedge Veronica (Veronica x franciscana):

  1. Hedge Veronica is a hybrid species resulting from the crossbreeding of different Veronica species.
  2. It belongs to the plantain family, Plantaginaceae.
  3. The scientific name "Veronica x franciscana" suggests its hybrid origin.
  4. It is commonly known as Garden Speedwell.
  5. Hedge Veronica typically blooms in late spring to early summer.
  6. The flowers of Hedge Veronica are usually violet-blue in color.
  7. Each flower has a white or pale center.
  8. It attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
  9. The plant is valued for its ornamental beauty in gardens and landscapes.
  10. Hedge Veronica is native to Europe.
  11. It has become naturalized in parts of North America.
  12. The plant is relatively low-maintenance and easy to grow.
  13. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade.
  14. Hedge Veronica is drought-tolerant once established.
  15. It can be propagated by division or from seeds.
  16. The leaves are lance-shaped and opposite each other on the stem.
  17. The foliage is deep green and remains attractive throughout the growing season.
  18. Hedge Veronica is resistant to deer and rabbit browsing.
  19. It is used in rock gardens, borders, and as ground cover.
  20. The plant is suitable for both formal and informal garden settings.
  21. Hedge Veronica can be used as a cut flower in floral arrangements.
  22. It has a clump-forming growth habit.
  23. The fruit of Hedge Veronica is a small capsule containing seeds.
  24. The capsules turn brown as they mature and split open to release seeds.
  25. It is not generally considered edible for humans.
  26. Hedge Veronica is sometimes used in herbal medicine for its astringent properties.
  27. The plant has historical significance in traditional European herbalism.
  28. It is sometimes confused with other Veronica species due to its hybrid nature.
  29. Hedge Veronica is resilient and adaptable to various climates and soil conditions.
  30. It contributes to biodiversity by supporting local pollinator populations.

These facts encompass its botanical characteristics, ecological role, cultivation tips, and historical context.


Hedge Veronica filmed on the coast at Mousehole in Cornwall on the 8th and 9th of June 2024.


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