Ivy-leaved Speedwell - Veronica hederifolia

    Description

    A low sprawling hairy plant, stems branched at the base. Leaves kidney shaped with 3 to 7 lobes, the end lobe being the largest, 3 veined, all but the lowermost alternate. Flowers pale lilac or pale blue, 4 to 9 mm solitary. Capsule rounded and slightly notched. There are two common sub species of Ivy-leaved Speedwell, they are the blue flowered form - Veronica hederifolia sub species hederifolia which has pale blue flowers with blue anthers and a lilac flowered form - Veronica hederifolia sub species lucorum which has whitish to pale lilac flowers with whitish or pale blue anthers.

    Similar Species

    other speedwells

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    The 2 subspecies cannot always be identified (intermediate forms occur).

    Recording advice

    This is difficult to identify with confidence from a close-up photo of the flowers.  

    Habitat

    Cultivated land, pathways, roadside verges and walls.

    When to see it

    March to August.

    Life History

    Annual.

    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 331 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Alien (archaeophyte), locally frequent; the distribution of the two subspecies is given as 'uncertain'.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map