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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, hedgerows, rocky places, sea cliffs, seaside, walls, wasteland.

Purple, 4 petals
Lavender blue or violet coloured flower spikes. Flowers each have 2 stamens.
The fruit is a seed capsule.
The leaves appear in four perpendicular rows going up the stems. They are tough and their shape is oval to lanceolate. This plant is mainly found on the coast.
Not a fragrant species.
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.

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