Veronica perfoliata (Digger's Speedwell)
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Veronica perfoliata (Digger's Speedwell)

Digger's Speedwell, Parahebe perfoliata, Hebe perfoliata


Veronica perfoliata (Digger's Speedwell) is a sprawling, evergreen woody-based perennial or sub-shrub with rounded blue-gray leaves resembling the juvenile foliage of some eucalyptus. Borne in pairs, the ovate and stem-clasping leaves can grow up to 2 in. long (5 cm). In summer, nodding sprays of bright blue flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm), appear above the evergreen foliage. Each spike can carry up to 25-70 flowers, creating an eye-catching floral display. Native to Australia, Veronica perfoliata is drought tolerant and grows well in the gravel garden or in the rockery. It also makes a great edging or border plant.

  • Grows up to 18-36 in. tall (45-90 cm) and 18 in. wide (45 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in poor, well-drained soils.
  • Perfect choice for city gardens, cottage gardens, rock gardens, banks and slopes, beds and borderscontainers.
  • Easy to grow, this plant requires little care and is fairly pest and disease-free. Keep an eye out for slugs.
  • Older plants may become straggly but are rejuvenated by pruning the stems almost to ground level.
  • Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings .
  • Native to Australia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Heat Zones 3 – 11
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Veronica - Speedwells
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants Australia
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Heat Zones 3 – 11
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Veronica - Speedwells
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants Australia
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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