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Veronica spicata L. ssp. incana (L.) Walters

Speedwell, spiked woolly speedwell, silver speedwell

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
GenusVeronicaFor Saint Veronica, said to have given Jesus a cloth to wipe his face on the way to Calvary, and named because of a supposed resemblence between markings on some Veronica species and her sacred handkerchief
SpeciesspicataWith flowers in spikes
ssp.incanaGrayish or hoary

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Silver speedwell is a native of eastern Europe, through Siberia, and northwest China.

Identification: Plants are up to 12" (30 cm) tall, in clumps up to 14" (35 cm) around. Leaves are fuzzy, gray-green, narrow, oval-shaped. Flower stalks are 4-10" (10-25 cm), blue-violet.

Veronica spicata (speedwell, spiked woolly speedwell, silver speedwell)

Veronica spicata ssp. spicata, also known as Pseudolysimachion spicatum ssp. spicatum. This is a wild flower in its natural habitat. By Christian Fischer.

Online References:

Veronica spicata ssp. incana on Desert-tropicals.com

Veronica spicata ssp. incana on www.garten.cz

Veronica spicata ssp. incana on Biopix

Veronica spicata ssp. incana from Cornell University’s Department of Horticulture

Veronica spicata subsp. incana

Veronica incana L.


Veronica spicata ssp. incana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Veronica spicata (speedwell, spiked woolly speedwell, silver speedwell)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 17 × 12" (44 × 29 cm)

Range: Zones 4-8:

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