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Oct 29, 2013 4:19 PM

Mystery garden plant . . .

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I took three cuttings from a plant in someone's garden some time ago and all survived - I now have three lovely little plants, flowering happily in October, which neither I nor any of my friends or neighbours can identify.  The leaves are dark green, toothed, and around 6cm long; the flowers (white with dark pink and green centres) are small and roughly 1cm across.  Has anyone any ideas?

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    Oct 31, 2013 4:51 PM (in response to Drjck1215)
    Re: Mystery garden plant . . .

    Hi,

    this is a Veronica, possibly Veronica gentianoides

    I hope that helps.

     

    Jen

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    Nov 4, 2013 11:23 AM (in response to Drjck1215)
    Re: Mystery garden plant . . .

    Hi,

    I think your plant is likely to be what used to be called Parahebe catarractae (G.Forster) Oliver from New Zealand. This genus is similar to Hebe and like it I expect that current taxonomic thinking has it sunk back into a huge genus Veronica. It is rather more floriferous than the other Parahebe species which are grown and has longer leaves (>1.5cm).

    Best wishes

    Fred

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