Heath Speedwell - Veronica officinalis
Stems prostrate to ascending. Leaves oval to elliptical softly hairy and with short stalks. Flowers lilac blue with darker veins, 6 to 8 mm borne in pyramidal dense long-stalked racemes
Other speedwells, especially V chamaedrys, V montana
Flowers in axillary racemes (i.e a flower spike, with several individual flowers along it, grows from the leaf axils, where leaves join the main stem). Stems hairy all round. Leaf stalks (petioles) short, less than 6mm.
Can't be identified with confidence from a close-up photo of the flower, or from seed capsules; a general photo and details of leaves, stems and flower spikes needed
Woods, heaths and short grassy areas mainly on dry acid soils.
Flowering May to August.
Widespread and fairly frequent over most of Britain.
In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 39 of the 617 tetrads.
In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, Locally Frequent
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