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Brooklime

Veronica beccabunga

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Veronicaceae (Speedwell)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Small deep blue flowers emerging in pairs from leaf axils, 4 petals.
Fruit:
A nearly spherical brown capsule, splitting open when mature. Up to 4mm in diameter.
Leaves:
Shiny and leathery, succulent leaves that are round to oval and have bluntly toothed margins. Their stems are often tinted reddish-brown.
Maximum Size:
30cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The fleshy leaves and stems of Brooklime can be eaten but are very bitter.
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.
Aroma:
Not pungent.
Other Names:
Becky Leaves, Cow Cress, European Speedwell, Limewort, Mouth Smart, Neckweed, Water Pimpernel, Water Purslane.
Habitats:
Marshes, meadows, ponds, water, waterside, wetland, woodland.