Irish wildflowers

Photos: nr Goleen, Co.Cork

Hedge Veronica
Hebe x franciscana (Hebe elliptica x speciosa)
Niamhscoth Phroinséis
Family: Scrophulariaceae

Flowering: July-October. Evergreen shrub. Garden escape. Introduced.

Racemes of rich violet-blue flowers. Fertile hybrid, seeds freely. Evergreen oval leaves, glossy dark-green, 4-7cm long. Hairless. Forms rounded bush. Less frost-tender than many Hebes. Height: 1-2 m.

Irish coasts on cliffs, walls, dunes, wasteground. Widely planted, and locally naturalised garden escape. Increasing.

Similar: Koromiko, H. salicifolia
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