Wood Speedwell - Veronica montana
Low to short often sprawling softly hairy plant. Stems hairy all round, leaves deeply toothed and long stalked rather pale yellowy green. Flowers pale lilac with darker streaks.
Other speedwells, especially V officinalis, V chamaedrys
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 with stalks (petioles).
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
Damp woodland and shaded places.
April to July.
Fairly frequent and widespread over much of Britain except for the far north of Scotland.
In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 60 of the 617 tetrads.
In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, old woodland; locally frequent
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