Eye-catching blue flowers
Blue is a colour that stands out in the wild, so I find speedwells easy to spot when I’m out and about.
There are various common speedwell wildflowers in the UK, there’s even one growing as a weed in my garden!
Ivy-leaved speedwell – Veronica hederifolia
This scraggy little weed in my garden benefits from magnification. The little pale blue flowers are only about 2mm across. It was easy to identify because of the small size of the flowers and their pale colour, horizontal nature, hairiness and ivy-shaped leaves.
Germander speedwell – Veronica chamaedrys
This plant is ubiquitous round here in May. The clear royal blue flowers are about 1cm across and appear on an upright spike. The whole plant is about 20cm high in lush growth, although I’ve seen it much shorter in exposed areas.
Common field speedwell – Veronica persica
The colony of this speedwell that I pass regularly flowers earlier than the above two, starting in February. It is brighter green and upright with no flower spike. The small flowers (up to 1cm) are royal blue with a white lower lip.
There are quite a few speedwells and these are only the ones I have so far encountered!
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