Veronica austriaca

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Veronica austriaca

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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica
V. austriaca
Binomial name
Veronica austriaca

Veronica austriaca, the broadleaf speedwell,[1] large speedwell,[2] Austrian speedwell, or saw-leaved speedwell, is a species of flowering plant in the plantain family Plantaginaceae, native to northern temperate Europe. Growing to 90 cm (35 in) tall by 60 cm (24 in) broad, it is a mound-forming herbaceous perennial, with deeply toothed leaves and erect spikes of bright blue flowers throughout summer.[3]

The specific epithet austriaca refers to Austria within its native range.[4]

Several cultivars are available, of which the following have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit:-[5]

  • V. austriaca subsp. teucrium 'Crater Lake Blue'[6][7]
  • V. austriaca subsp. teucrium 'Royal Blue'[8]


  1. ^ USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Veronica austriaca". The PLANTS Database ( Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  2. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  3. ^ RHS encyclopedia of plants & flowers. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2010. p. 744. ISBN 978-1405354233.
  4. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315.
  5. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 106. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  6. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Veronica austriaca subsp. teucrium 'Crater Lake Blue'". RHS. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Missouri Botanical Garden - Veronica austriaca subsp. teucrium 'Crater Lake Blue'". Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  8. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Veronica austriaca subsp. teucrium 'Royal Blue'". RHS. Retrieved 5 March 2021.