Germander speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys)

Collins, 224; Readers Digest, 270

This sprawling perennial has a beautiful bright blue flower with a white eye.  It flowers from April to June and enjoys grassy banks on our downland.  The name speedwell refers to the medicinal value attributed to some of the varieties of this species.  Some believe it can heal wounds and cure respiratory ailments.

Slender Speedwell

This is a mat-forming perennial in this species with rounder leaves and mauver flowers and enjoys lawns and grassy places.

 

 

 

 

Common field speedwell

In flower on January 1,2004 in stubble fields at Bodsham