Speedwell, Bird's Eye, Gypsyweed

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There are about 500 species of flowering plants in this genus of annuals, herbaceous perennials and shrubs. They are mostly native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere with a few also found in the Southern Hemisphere.

The name may come from an Arabic word meaning "beautiful memory". Another explanation is that the flowers bear markings that resemble the handkerchief of St. Veronica which she used to wipe the face of Jesus after the crucifixion.

 

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Veronica aillonii Ailloni Speedwell
V. alpina  
V. armena  
V. arvensis annual Corn Speedwell
V. austriaca Austrian Speedwell
V. chamaedrys Germander Speedwell
V. filiformis Creeping Veronica
V. fruiticans Rock Speedwell
V. fruticulosa  
V. gentianoides Gentian Speedwell
V. inaritima = V. longifolia
V. incana Woolly Speedwell
V. latifolia (V. teucrium) Hungarian Speedwell
V. longifolia (V. maritima) Cump Speedwell

V. officinalis

Drug Speedwell,
Gypsy-weed

V. pectinata  
V. peetinata

Comb Speedwell

V. prostrata Harebell Speedwell
V. repens Creeping Speedwell
V. saturejoides  

V. serpyilifolia

Thyme-leaved Speedwell

V. spicata Spike Speedwell
V. spicata ssp. incana  
V. spuria  
V. teucrium Hungarian Speedwell

Species Hgt
(in)
Flower
Color
Inflorescence
Location
V. alpina 4-8 Blue Terminal
V. gentianoides 6-20 Pale Blue Terminal
V. incana 12-18 Blue Terminal
V. kngfbIia 24-48 Lilac Terminal
V. pectinata 3-6 Deep Blue Axillary
V. prostrata 3-8 Blue Axillary
V. spicata 10-36 Blue Terminal
V. teucrium 6-20 Deep Blue Axillary

* Guides and Keys are from the book "Herbaceous Perennial Plants A Treatise on their Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes" by Dr Allan M. Armitage of the University of Georgia. Varsity Press, Athens, Georgia. 1989 ISBN 0-942375-00. More on Dr Armitage and his other books.

 

 

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