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.

Look out for: Wood Speedwell Rust Puccinia veronicae.

Similar Species

Other speedwells, especially V. officinalis, V. chamaedrys.

It can be distinguished from Germander Speedwell by having leaves on stalks.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

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).

Recording advice

Can't be identified with confidence from a close-up photo of the flower or from seed capsules alone; a general photo and details of leaves, stems and flower spikes are needed


Damp woodland and shaded places.

When to see it

April to July.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent and widespread over much of Britain except for the far north of Scotland.

VC55 Status

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as native, old woodland; locally frequent

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Species profile

Common names
Wood Speedwell
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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
28/04/2011 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
29/05/2023 (lemmon, roy)

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