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Heath Speedwell

Veronica officinalis

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Veronicaceae (Speedwell)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
An elongated, pale blue or lilac flower spike, sometimes purple when in bud. The flowers (up to 8mm across) are streaked with purple lines.
Fruit:
A heart-shaped capsule.
Leaves:
A carpet-forming hairy perennial flower. Oval, toothed leaves. The lower leaves are stalked.
Maximum Size:
40cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Heath Speedwell is sometimes grown in gardens as a herb and is used as a tea substitute.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Common Gypsyweed, Common Speedwell, Fluellin, Ground-heel, Ground-hele, Paul's Betony.
Habitats:
Gardens, grassland, heathland, moorland, woodland.