Description and General Information:
Rock speedwell or Veronica fruticans, is a low, creeping sub-shrub with small, shiny, spoon-shaped to oval leaves and spikes of intense blue flowers. Plants are semi-evergreen and can reach 5-10 cm. high. It is native to the mountains of Europe from Scandinavia, Iceland south to Spain and east to Greece.
This species prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It is tolerant of poor soils and is not fussy about the soil pH. It is listed as hardy from zones 5-8.
Mid-spring to early summer.
Seeds, division and cuttings. While they may be propagated in several ways, seed-grown plants are often the most robust.
Seeds may be directly sown at 15-20 C; no need for stratification.
Larger mats may be dug and divided after flowering.
Plants often layer themselves; non-flowering stems will easily root if a small section of the woody-base is maintained.