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Veronica fruticans

Veronica fruticans
First-year plant
rock speedwell

Common name rock speedwell
Family plantaginaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-8)
Flowers blue
Size 3"
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil
From seed germinate at room temperature, with exposure to light
detailed seed-starting info below

Mat-forming subshrub, bright blue flowers. It looked just darling in its first year, with lots of tidily arranged neat leaves. Unfortunately, in my experience they aren't nearly as nice-looking in subsequent years, so that when the flowers arrive, the plants don't look so hot. Perhaps our climate isn't to their liking.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '02 trade. Baggy 70F (20d) - 35F (4w) - 70F (no G). Seeds are flat tan discs, didn't seem like veronica seeds
  2. Seed from '09 trade. Seeds same shape as above. Baggy 70F with light (4%G, 12-15d)
  3. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (good G, 11-23d)

Unclear why the same seed lot germinated so much better in 2011 than in 2010.

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