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March 19, 2018

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Tall Speedwell 'Marietta'
Veronica longifolia 

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Zone: 4 to 8
Full Sun to Part Shade
Blooms late spring to mid-summer
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Cultivar Notes - 'Marietta'
Electric blue flowers with striking yellow stamens begin blooming in early June, continuing into July. Upright habit with strong stems; foliage stays clean and tidy below the floral display. Less sensitive to mildew and leaf spot than traditional Veronica varieties.
Genus Notes - Veronica
The name of this genus honors St. Veronica, who was said to have witnessed Christ's journey to Calvary and wiped tears from his face. One variety V. officinalis, was used to concoct tea in Europe until the nineteenth century. Now encompassing about 250 species throughout the North Temperate Zone, V. longifolia, V. spicata, and V. prostrata have been in cultivation the longest and have yielded most of the hybrids enjoyed today.

Most garden Veronicas are derived from inhabitants of fertile meadows and open woodlands, in areas typically supplied with ample nutrients and water. Therefore, they perform best in a rich, moist soil. Blue is the dominant floral color--often a remarkable, intense blue. However, lovely shades of white, pink, and red are also encountered. They are grown for their delightful, long-lasting spikes of flowers and easy care and make an excellent addition to a mixed border.

Veronicas (Speedwells) are clump forming perennials for the sunny border. Most are relatively compact and have upright well-branched flower spikes. Speedwells provide a lively contrast with other flower shapes. They vary in height, habit, and bloom time, but all prefer full sun and well-drained soil.

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