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

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