Veronica officinalis common speedwell Scrophulariaceae VEOF*; Bx, pb; Q, j; R, cl, k, t;



Veronica (Accessed 4/2015).

Veronica officinalis is a perennial herb, to 25 cm long (usually less), densely hairy, base of stems creeping, branches forking, tips reaching upward, forming loose mats. 

Leaves opposite, to 5 cm long, 3 cm wide, densely hairy on both sides, dull dark green, margin toothed, base narrowed, semi-evergreen, stalk short to none. 

Flowers pale blue-white often with darker blue stripes, to 0.8 cm wide, tubular, 4 petal lobes; inflorescence erect, densely flowered, terminal spikes, blooms May-July. 

Fruit dry, heart-shaped, flattened capsule, 0.4 cm wide; fruits to Nov. (Hough 1983). 

Wetland status: FACU-. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Europe. 

Habitat: Weed in shady lawns and disturbed, part shade, trail edges in forests.