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Germander Speedwell

Scientific Name: Veronica chamaedrys
Other name: Bird's-eye Speedwell, Cat's Eye
Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort)

This perennial, low-growing, patch-forming Speedwell is found in grassy areas, is not usually a problem in gardens and can be quite attractive in a wildflower meadow. It will tolerate most soil conditions. In the the past was used in herbal medicine to treat coughs and catarrh, and as blood tonic.

The dark green leaves are toothed with well defined veins which radiate from the stalk.
It flowers appear from May to July and arise as a spike from leaf axils with a number per stalk. They are bright blue with a white eye and pollinated by insects or are self-pollinated - a nectar source for solitary bees.

It is easily uprooted, there may also be a reservoir of seeds which will germinate later. Weedkillers are effective and any regrowth or new seedlings will require retreatment.

See also:- Common Field Speedwell, Ivy-leaved speedwell, Slender Speedwell, and Thyme-leaved Speedwell.

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