Germander Speedwell - Veronica chamaedrys

    Description

    Low to short, spreading often sprawling, hairy plant. Stems with two opposite lines of hairs. Leaves oval to oblong lanceolate, toothed, unstalked (or very short stalked) and in pairs. Flowers bright darkish blue with a white centre, 9 to 10 mm borne in opposite, stalked racemes at the base of the upper leaves. Capsule heart shaped with a hairy margin.

    Similar Species

    Other speedwells, especially V officinalis, V montana

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Flowers in axillary racemes (i.e flower spikes, each with several individual flowers along it, grow from the leaf axils, where leaves join the main stem).  Stems with two lines of hairs.  Leaf without stalks (petioles) or very short stalks. 

    Recording advice

    Can't be identified with confidence from a close-up photo of the flower, or from seed capsules; a general photos and details of leaves, stems and flower spikes needed

    Habitat

    Grassland, roadside verges, woodland.

    When to see it

    March to July.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Very common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 553 of the 617 tetrads.

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

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map