Veronica speciosa R.Cunn. ex A.Cunn.

Showy Hebe

Bot. Mag. 63: sub t.3461 (1836) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Spreading to sprawling shrub to 2 m high; branches glabrous, woody near base, often rooting when in contact with ground. Leaves broadly elliptic to obovate-oblong or oblong, 5–10 cm long, 2.5–5 cm wide, glossy, coriaceous to almost fleshy, glabrous or minutely pubescent on midrib and margins when young, apex obtuse, base obtuse, margins entire; petiole (1.5–)2–6 mm long. Racemes lateral, usually exceeding leaves, 30–80 mm long, 32–67(–116)-flowered; peduncle 30–50 mm long; bracts narrowly subulate, ciliolate; pedicels 2–5 mm long. Calyx lobes 2–3 mm long in fruit, ciliolate; corolla 4–5 mm long, purple. Capsule broadly ovate, to 6 mm long and 4 mm wide, obtuse or subacute, glabrous; style (6.5–)9–15 mm long. Flowers most of the year.

*HSF, *VVP. Also naturalised SA. Native to New Zealand. Recorded twice in Victoria, on a steep rocky slope beside the road at Walhalla and along the Yarrowee River in Ballarat.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-03-30
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-10-25
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Veronica
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Veronica speciosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Veronica speciosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory