Photographer: Merel R. Black
Veronica officinalis L.
common gypsy-weed, common speedwell, speedwell
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
officinalis: Latin generally meaning "of the shops" or "sold in the marketplace" or "official"
|Status: ||Introduced - escaped|
|Plant: ||spreading perennial, 2"-10" tall forb, hairy, creeping with erect branches|
|Flower: ||light blue, 4-parted, 1/4"-1/3" wide, lobes longer than the tube; inflorescence a stalked, spike-like cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers only from the upper leaf axils; blooms April-July|
|Leaf:||all opposite, oval to elliptical narrowing to the base, 1 1/2-3 times as long as wide, finely toothed, almost stalkless|
|Habitat: ||dry; fields, upland woods|