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Green Field Speedwell

Veronica agrestis

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Plantaginaceae (Plantain)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
20 centimetres tall
Fields, gardens, grassland, meadows, roadsides, wasteland.

Blue, 4 petals
Similar in appearance to Grey Field Speedwell (Veronica polita) but with light blue flowers, not dark blue. The lowest petal is normally white. As with Grey Field Speedwell, the flowers are solitary and 3 to 6mm in diameter. 2 stamens. Insect-pollinated.
Flat, slightly notched, 2-lobed, yellowish-brown capsule.
An annual flower with pale green leaves. The leaves appear in opposite pairs, are short-stalked and have round-toothed margins. The stems are hairy.
Other Names:
Field Speedwell, Garden Speedwell, Germander Speedwell, Procumbent Speedwell.
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Veronica agrestis, also known as field speedwell, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the plantain family (Plantaginaceae). It is native to Europe and Asia and is commonly found in grasslands, meadows, and along roadsides. The plant has small, blue or purple flowers that bloom in the spring and summer. It can grow to be 8-12 inches tall and prefers well-drained, moist soil in full sun or partial shade. The plant is often used in wildflower gardens and as a ground cover.


Green Field Speedwell, also known as Veronica agrestis, is a small, annual herb that belongs to the plantain family (Plantaginaceae). This plant is native to Europe and can be found in meadows, gardens, fields, and waste areas. It has also been introduced to other regions, such as North America, where it is considered an invasive species.

The Green Field Speedwell is a low-growing plant that reaches a height of 5-20 cm. It has hairy stems and leaves that are opposite, ovate, and toothed. The leaves are usually 1-3 cm long and 0.5-1 cm wide. The flowers are small and blue, and they are arranged in dense, spike-like clusters at the tips of the stems. The flowers bloom from May to October and are visited by a variety of insects, such as bees and butterflies.

The Green Field Speedwell has a long history of use in traditional medicine. It has been used to treat a variety of ailments, such as coughs, colds, and digestive problems. The plant contains a number of compounds that have been shown to have medicinal properties, such as saponins, tannins, and flavonoids.

In addition to its medicinal uses, the Green Field Speedwell also has culinary applications. The leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked like spinach. They have a slightly bitter taste and are high in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, vitamin A, and iron.

Despite its beneficial properties, the Green Field Speedwell is considered an invasive species in many areas. It has the ability to rapidly colonize disturbed areas and can outcompete native plants. As a result, it is important to manage populations of this plant and prevent its spread.

The Green Field Speedwell is a small, but versatile plant that has been used for centuries for its medicinal and culinary properties. However, as an invasive species, it can have negative impacts on native ecosystems. By understanding the benefits and risks associated with this plant, we can better manage its populations and ensure that it continues to contribute to our world in a positive way.

The Green Field Speedwell is a highly adaptable plant that can grow in a variety of soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils. It prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. It is also tolerant of drought and can survive in areas with low rainfall.

Propagation of the Green Field Speedwell can be achieved through seed. The seeds can be sown in the spring or fall, and will germinate in about 10-14 days. The plant can also self-seed, which can contribute to its invasive tendencies in certain areas.

In terms of its ecological role, the Green Field Speedwell can provide food and habitat for a variety of insects, such as bees, butterflies, and moths. It can also help to stabilize soil and prevent erosion in areas with disturbed soil.

In terms of its cultural significance, the Green Field Speedwell has been used in various ways throughout history. In medieval times, it was believed to have magical properties and was used in various spells and charms. It has also been used in folk medicine throughout Europe and North America.

In modern times, the Green Field Speedwell is often considered a weed and is not typically cultivated for its ornamental or agricultural value. However, its culinary and medicinal uses continue to be appreciated by some.

The Green Field Speedwell is a small but adaptable plant with a long history of use in traditional medicine and culinary applications. While it can be considered an invasive species in some areas, it can also provide ecological benefits in others. Its cultural significance adds to its overall value and importance, and it is a plant worth learning more about.

In addition to its traditional uses, there is growing scientific interest in the potential health benefits of the Green Field Speedwell. Studies have found that the plant contains a variety of bioactive compounds, such as phenolic acids and flavonoids, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties.

For example, one study published in the journal Food Chemistry found that an extract of the Green Field Speedwell had potent antioxidant activity and was effective at reducing oxidative stress in human cells. Another study, published in the journal Phytochemistry, found that a compound isolated from the plant had anti-inflammatory effects in vitro.

While these findings are promising, more research is needed to fully understand the potential health benefits of the Green Field Speedwell and to develop its medicinal properties for clinical use.

In conclusion, the Green Field Speedwell is a fascinating plant with a rich history of traditional use, culinary applications, and potential health benefits. Its invasive tendencies highlight the importance of responsible management and conservation practices, but it also presents an opportunity for further study and exploration of its ecological and medicinal properties. As our understanding of this plant grows, it may become an increasingly important source of natural medicine and nutrition.

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