Brooklime - Veronica beccabunga


Up to 40 or 50 cm tall with creeping stems rooting at the base then ascending, thick and fleshy. Flowers pale to dark blue, 5 to 8 mm in opposite long-stalked racemes rising from the bases of the upper leaves.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Glabrous, with racemes of blue flowers in leaf axils; wet places


Wet habitats such as stream, lake and pond margins.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History


UK Status

Common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 529 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, Frequent

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map