This is a species that grows well in cooler climates, and Veronica derwentiana does come from higher elevations, especially in Victoria.
The plant itself is unremarkable, however it is the white flowers that appear in winter to spring are particularly attractive. Flowering can occur from July through to December depending on climate. The flowers appear in dense terminal clusters and are bee magnets, especially for some of the native bee species.
The plant is a favourite with Amegilla cingulata, the Blue Banded Bees, and you could grow it for this alone. It also makes an interesting addition to a perennial border or native garden where the flowers add interest through the season.
This is a species that is best grown in light shade. It also requires a position in a moist yet well drained soil.
Generally not required.
Generally regarded as easy from tip cuttings taken in spring from non flowering shoots and grown in a heated propagation tray.
- Botanical Name – Veronica derwentiana
- Common Name – Derwent speedwell
- Position – Dappled shade.
- Soil – Well drained and moist.
- Height – To around .4 to 1 metres.
- Spread – To around .3 metres.
- Flowers – White.
- Flowering Time – Winter into Summer, with main flush spring tp summer.
- Foliage – Mid green, with lightly serrated leaf margins.
- Frost tolerant – Yes.
- Drought tolerant – Medium