Grey Field-speedwell - Veronica polita

    Description

    It is quite similar to Green Field-speedwell but its leaves are grey-green rather than the purer green of Green Field-speedwell. It bears small, bright blue flowers (4 to 8 mm across) with oval and pointed sepals. The flowers are the typical shape of Speedwells, three larger petals with a smaller, paler petal below. This species usually only grows to about 20 cm. Capsule lobes diverge much less than 90 degrees, hooked hairs and glandular hairs.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

    Habitat

    Usually found on well-drained soils, gardens, arable fields and waste ground and also from crevices in walls.

    When to see it

    The main flowering season is from May to September but may be longer.

    Life History

    Annual. 

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain but with a rather uneven distribution. Its distribution now seems stable in S. & E. England and Wales, but appears to be declining in N. England, Scotland and Ireland.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map