Photographer: Merel R. Black
Veronica serpyllifolia L.
Veronica: named after Saint Veronica, the woman who gave Jesus a cloth to wipe his face while on the way to Calvary, and so named because the markings on some species supposedly resemble those on her sacred handkerchief
serpyllifolia: with leaves like those of thyme, Serpyllum
|Plant: ||creeping perennial, 4"-12" tall forb; stems finely hairy; from rhizomes|
|Flower: ||blue, 4-parted, 1/8"-1/3" wide, lobes longer than the tube; inflorescence a loose, long, terminal cluster (raceme); blooms May-Sept.|
|Fruit:||notched, wider than tall capsule|
|Leaf:||opposite except alternate in the upper inflorescence, mostly less than 1 1/2" long, elliptical to oval, edges mostly smooth|