Eustaxia villosa Raf.
Pseudolysimachion kosteleckii Opiz
Pseudolysimachion longifolium (L.) Opiz
Pseudolysimachion maritimum (L.) Á.Löve & D.Löve
Pseudolysimachion nenningii Opiz
Pseudolysimachion pettersii Opiz
Pseudolysimachion riparium Opiz
Pseudolysimachion septentrionale (Boriss.) Tzvelev
Veronica exortiva Kitag.
Veronica luxurians Ledeb.
Veronica maritima L.
Veronica pseudolongifolia Printz
Veronica septentrionalis Boriss.
Common Name: Garden Speedwell
Veronica longifolia is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from a long, creeping rootstock. It forms a cluster of one to several robust, erect, usually unbranched stems 40 - 120cm tall, occasionally to 150cm[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. It is often grown as an ornamental in gardens.
Eurasia - Norway to France, east through northern Asia to the Russian Far East and through Bulgaria to Turkey
Steppes, grassy mountain slopes, meadows at forest edges and birch forests; at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
]. Forest and inundated meadows.; steppe-forming areas, among bushy thickets[
Easily grown in a sunny position in a moderately fertile moisture retentive well drained soil[
]. Prefers cool summers[
A number of cultivars have been selected for their ornamental value[
Leaves and young shoots - raw or cooked. A famine food, they are only used when all else fails[
Seed - sow autumn in a cold frame[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in autumn or spring[
]. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring.