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Veronica hulkeana, New Zealand lilac

Family: Plantaginaceae

Veronica hulkeana is a loosely branching small shrub with dark green, finely toothed leaves with reddish margins. Abundant pale lavender to white flowers cover the plant in the summer giving it the name New Zealand lilac. Also known as Hebe hulkeana.
An endemic species found in dry areas of the northeastern South Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 1 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric

Leaf bud: distinct; gap(sinus) narrow-broad, acute

Flower size: 2-2.5 mm

Leaf form: undivided, elliptic to lance-shaped

Sepals: 5

Leaf size:

Petals:  5, white, pink

Leaf arrangement: in opposite pairs along the stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:


Leaf margin:  toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface

Fruit: dry