Veronica longifolia   Garden Speedwell I

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This introduction from central Europe escapes onto verges and banks from gardens where it is a popular herbaceous plant. The mint-like leaves and tall flower spike reminiscent of a Veronica spicata (Spiked Speedwell) on steroids are the diagnostic features.

Veronica longifolia is mostly found around the London area and in the north west of England with just a few outposts elsewhere.

South London nature reserve, 2nd July 2006

Added on 12th November 2006, updated 21st February 2012

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