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Veronica fruticans

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Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica (veh-RON-ih-ka) (Info)
Species: fruticans (FROO-tih-kanz) (Info)

Synonym:Veronica saxatilis

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Alpines and Rock Gardens

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Evergreen

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive KDePetrillo On Feb 27, 2004, KDePetrillo from North Scituate, RI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I've grown this in Zone 5, and it always survives - coming back stronger every year. It's gotten to the point where it's almost invasive. I would take it out entirely, but when it's in full bloom it's sooooo pretty. I've never fed or watered it (except for a few waterings when the plant was initially set in), and nothing seems to stop it. Three small divisions have spread about 18 feet in 20 years.

Positive Todd_Boland On Feb 25, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Clumps of deep green leaves appear like a miniature broad-leaved evergreen. Spikes of mid-blue flowers are produced in abundance.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mount Prospect, Illinois
Scituate, Rhode Island



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