Brooklime - Veronica beccabunga

    Description

    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

    Habitat

    Wet habitats such as stream, lake and pond margins.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    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

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map