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Spring Speedwell

Veronica verna

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Veronicaceae (Speedwell)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Annual
Maximum Size:
25 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, heathland.

Flower:
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Blue, 4 petals
 
The short-tubular flowers are blue with darker veins. Short-stalked and with leaf-like bracts. 2 white stamens.
Fruit:
The fruit is a flat, heart-shaped (broader than long), hairy capsule which produces about 8 flattened, yellowish-brown seeds.
Leaves:
An annual flower with narrowly oval to lance-shaped leaves. The leaves are short-stalked, in opposite pairs along the stems. The leaves are covered in sticky glandular hairs and leaf margins are scarcely toothed. The upper leaves are pinnately lobed. The stems are erect.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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