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Veronica officinalis - L.

Common Name Common Speedwell
Family Scrophulariaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Heaths, moors, grassland, dry hedgebanks and coppices, often on dry soils[4, 17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Iceland south and east to Spain, W. Asia and the Caucasus.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Veronica officinalis Common Speedwell


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Veronica officinalis Common Speedwell
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Veronica officinalis is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Flies, bees. The plant is self-fertile.
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 dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Lawn; Meadow; Hedgerow;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea.

A bitter tangy tea is made from the fresh flowering herb or the dried leaves[2, 21, 46, 183]. The dried leaves can be added to tea blends[238].

Medicinal Uses



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Alterative;  Antipruritic;  Antirheumatic;  Astringent;  Diuretic;  Expectorant;  Stomachic;  Tonic.


The leaves and roots are alterative, astringent, mildly diuretic, mildly expectorant, stomachic and tonic[4, 9, 14, 21, 222]. They have been employed in the treatment of pectoral and nephritic complaints, haemorrhages, skin diseases and the treatment of wounds[4], though the plant is considered to be obsolete in modern herbalism[238]. The leaves are harvested in the summer and dried for later use[9].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Easily grown in a moderately fertile moisture retentive well drained soil[200]. Prefers cool summers[200]. Thrives in light shade or in open sunny positions[14].

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Propagation

Seed - sow autumn in a cold frame[200]. 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[200]. 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.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Veronica undulataUndulate speedwell11
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Veronicastrum virginicumBeaumont's Root, Culver's root, Bowman's Root, Culver's Root, Black Root03

 

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