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Veronica chamaedrys - L.

Common Name Germander Speedwell
Family Scrophulariaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A common plant of grassland, woods, hedges etc[1, 13, 17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to Spain, north and western Asia.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Veronica chamaedrys Germander Speedwell


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Veronica chamaedrys Germander Speedwell
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Veronica chamaedrys is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from March to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Lawn; Meadow; Hedgerow;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses: Tea

The leaves are a tea substitute[177, 183].

Medicinal Uses

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Blood purifier  Skin  Vulnerary

The herb is a blood purifier and vulnerary[4]. It is applied externally to skin diseases and is said to be an efficacious treatment for the itch[4]. Internally, an infusion of the leaves once had a good reputation in the treatment of coughs, asthma, catarrh etc[4].

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Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Easily grown in a moderately fertile moisture retentive well drained soil[200]. Prefers cool summers[200]. A good bee plant[24]. A common garden weed, it grows well in a lawn[200] and can be grown in the spring meadow[24]. It is also a good plant for the flower border[1].

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Propagation

Seed - sow autumn in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If you have sufficient quantity, the seed can be sown in situ in the autumn or the spring. Division in autumn or spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Veronica agrestisField Speedwell, Green field speedwell11
Veronica americanaAmerican Brooklime, American speedwell21
Veronica anagallis-aquaticaWater Speedwell22
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Veronica beccabungaBrooklime, European speedwell11
Veronica catenata 10
Veronica hederifoliaIvy-Leaf Speedwell01
Veronica longifoliaGarden Speedwell, Long-Leaf Speedwell10
Veronica officinalisCommon Speedwell12
Veronica peregrinaNecklace Weed, Neckweed, Hairy purslane speedwell02
Veronica politaGray field speedwell21
Veronica scutellataMarsh Speedwell, Skullcap speedwell10
Veronica spuriabastard speedwell10
Veronica undulataUndulate speedwell11
Veronicastrum axillare 02
Veronicastrum sibiricumBlackroot02
Veronicastrum virginicumBeaumont's Root, Culver's root, Bowman's Root, Culver's Root, Black Root03

 

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Mr Dene A Mitchell   Mon May 16 11:50:55 2005

my nane is Dene mitchell and i am doing a green keeping course this has been the best site i have found for information on the plans that are found in with grasses. one idear that would make life a lot easer would be if you also added a photo of the plant. i only saythis because i have spent the best part of 3 weeks serching around on the internet and only have a few days lest to compleat my work. i have seen and looked at over 12000 web pages and so far yours is the best i can find as befor a photo of the plant would help make your web site to be the best although more detail on the plant would also help the information i have gained from this site should be just about ok for a pass thanks for the site anyway keep up the good work

   Wed Oct 24 2007

The information about the soil that Veronica chamaedrys 'prefer' is just plain and simply wrong. You say that it prefers all 3 acidic, neutral and basic soils?! To point out just one flaw in this statement, Veronica chamaedrys can't grow in acidic soils and so saying that they 'prefer' acidic soils is ridiculous. If you wanted to say which that they prefer it would have to be basic or limestone base soil. This is because they are most abundant in soil of pH >6.0 and are pretty much non existant in pH <4.5 I just thought I would point that out to you.

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