Scientific Name: Veronica hederifolia
Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort)
Ivy-leaved Speedwell is an annual, not a common garden weed in Northern Ireland, but more widespread in the rest of the UK. The dark green leaves are palmate with lobed and well defined veins which radiate from the stalk.
It flowers mainly in the spring, but can be as late as August. The lilac or blue flowers appear singly on a long stalk which arises in the leaf axil. They are pollinated by insects or are self-pollinated.
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 re-treatment.
See also:- Common Field Speedwell, Germander Speedwell, Slender Speedwell and Thyme-leaved Speedwell.
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