Veronica arenaria is a member of the Scrophulariaceae family in company with the exotic Snapdragons and Foxgloves.
The Veronicas have had chequered botanical career. All species have been included in the Derwentia and Parahebe at various times before becoming Veronica. It is to be hoped that the genus has settled down taxonomically.
Veronica arenaria is a small, multiple-stemmed shrub. The stems are usually upright. The light green leaves may be entire or with irregular lobes. The flowers are produced in terminal racemes. They vary in colour from pale violet-blue to deep violet-blue and are both profuse and extremely conspicuous.
Blooms are carried from September to May. Spent flowers should be removed in order to keep plants dense and blooming abundantly
Veronica arenaria is found from south-eastern Queensland to the Central West Slopes of New South Wales.
We bought our first plant a couple of years ago. Since then we have planted many specimens throughout our cold climate garden. The species propagates very readily from cuttings and we have built up plant numbers rapidly.
Veronica arenaria is a stunning plant with its long racemes of colourful flowers. The species has proved to be drought tolerant and frost resistant.
Another attractive and free flowering species is V. perfoliata (see separate article).
Native cottage gardens and rockeries are ideal situations for native Veronicas.
Warren and Gloria Sheather