Slender Speedwell - Veronica filiformis

    Alternative names
    Round-leaved Speedwell

    Low, creeping, mat forming plant. Stems slender, freely rooting at the nodes. Leaves kidney shaped or rounded, coarsely toothed, stalked, mostly opposite on non flowering stems, but alternate on flowering stems. Flowers pale lilac blue, 10 to 15 mm solitary on long, slender stalks from the base of the upper leaves.

    Similar Species

    Other speedwells

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Flowers solitary in leaf-axils on long slender stalks; rounded leaves; creeping habit, rooting along stem nodes 


    Grassy places, mown verges and lawns.

    When to see it

    April to July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly frequent throughout Britain, particularly in the south.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 104 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Alien (neophyte); locally frequent

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