Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Hebe elliptica x speciosa (H. x franciscana) (Eastw.) Souster - Hedge Veronica - Scrophulariaceae
Hebe elliptica x speciosa (H. x franciscana)
© Paul Hackney
Hebe elliptica x speciosa (H. x franciscana)
© Paul Hackney
Hebe elliptica x speciosa (H. x franciscana)
(Map updated: March 2008)
 

Along the coast of Northern Ireland this vigorous shrub (one of the so-called 'woody veronicas') with its thick oval leaves and spikes of brilliant blue flowers is common, locally abundant, in gardens and garden hedges. Although fertile, self-sown individuals are very rare and the plant cannot be described as generally naturalised. It is a hybrid of two New Zealand species and all our plants seem to belong to the selected variety called 'Blue Gem'.

All names: Hebe elliptica x speciosa (H. x franciscana) (Eastw.) Souster; Hebe x franciscana (Eastw.) Souster; Hebe elliptica x speciosa; Hebe elliptica auct. non (G.Forster) Pennell; Hebe speciosa auct. non (R.Cunn. ex Cunn.) Cockayne