Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1614

Forb
Perennial

Native & non-native?

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in fields and forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite (upper bracteal leaves opposite as well)

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Lilac-blue
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
4 sepals
4-lobed rotate corolla
2 well exserted stamens
Superior ovary
Flowers in axillary spikelike racemes

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Veronica officinalis   FAMILY Plantaginaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Veronica officinalis var. officinalis   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 166-20-010:
Veronica officinalis   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS National Database
Veronica officinalis var. tournefortii

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Speedwell, Gypsyweed, Heath Speedwell


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image of Veronica officinalis, Common Speedwell, Gypsyweed, Heath Speedwell

Keith Bradley    kab_v_officinalis_1083

May    Henderson County    NC

Pisgah National Forest

image of Veronica officinalis, Common Speedwell, Gypsyweed, Heath Speedwell

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_v_officinalis_4

May        

Flowers in spikelike racemes, with extremely short pedicels, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Veronica officinalis, Common Speedwell, Gypsyweed, Heath Speedwell

JK Marlow    jkm090607_026

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

A hairy, reclining mat-forming plant with thick toothed elliptic leaves, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Veronica officinalis, Common Speedwell, Gypsyweed, Heath Speedwell

JK Marlow    jkm090607_026c

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Corolla light blue, sometimes with darker lines, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Veronica officinalis, Common Speedwell, Gypsyweed, Heath Speedwell

JK Marlow    jkm090607_031

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Veronica officinalis, Common Speedwell, Gypsyweed, Heath Speedwell

JK Marlow    s090607_04

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Flowers less than 1/4" across; leaves up to 2" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Veronica officinalis, Common Speedwell, Gypsyweed, Heath Speedwell

JK Marlow    s090607_06

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway