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ROCK SPEEDWELL Veronica fruticans (Scrophulariaceae) Height to 20cm. Attractive and distinctive perennial with stems that are woody and hairless at the base. Grows on rock ledges, at high altitudes in mountains. FLOWERS are 10-15mm across, the corolla 4-lobed and deep blue with a reddish centre; borne in open, few-flowered terminal clusters (Jul-Sep). FRUITS are flattened, elliptical and hairy capsules with a long projecting style. LEAVES are oval, unstalked and slightly toothed. STATUS-Rare and restricted to a few locations in the Scottish Highlands.
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