Veronica longifolia ‘Charlotte’
Veronica longifolia ‘Charlotte’ has purest white, densely packed spikes of flowers each with an exerted style and two yellow tipped anthers. Green in bud. The foliage is greyish green with good creamy yellow margins. All in all a rather elegant and classy plant. June to August. 65cm. Reblooms in Autumn if deadheaded.
Speedwells – Veronica
Veronicas are the speedwell’s or Bird’s-Eyes. The name speedwell means ‘good-bye’ and refers to the speed with which the petals fall when you pick the flower.
On the whole Veronicas are native to moisture retentive sites, growing in wet ditches, and flood meadows through to light woodland. They tend to prefer cool summers.
The species usually encountered for the herbaceous border are of fairly easy cultivation provided that over dry conditions are avoided. The taller species produce long lasting pink, lavender or blue spikes for the border which are great for the eye and the insects. Alternatively, species such a V. gentianoides make attractive leaf cover for the edge of a bed with a bonus of palest blue flower spikes in spring
Veronica is possibly named in honour of St Veronica, the woman of Jerusalem who wiped the face of Christ with a veil while he was on the way to Calvary. According to tradition, the cloth became imprinted with the image of Christ’s face. Feast day July 12th.