Creeping Speedwell

Creeping Speedwell
Creeping Speedwell. Veronica filiformis.
Plantaginaceae, the plantain family, formerly Scrophulariaceae, the figwort family.

Plant: Small, low, creeping plant, to 12" long, with small, blue and white striped flowers arising from the leaf axils. Common in lawns. Probably an overwintering annual.
Flowers: Blue and white with darker blue stripes, 3/8"-1/2", with four unequal petals, the lower one being narrower than the other three, and two stamens sometimes with distinctly blue anthers. Flowers borne singly on long stems in the leaf axils.
Leaves: Alternate, sometimes opposite, round to kidney shaped, 3/8"-3/4", toothed, sparsely hairy, with rounded tips. The similar Birds-eye Speedwell (V. persica) has more elongated leaves.
Blooming: April-June
Habitat: Lawns, fields, waste areas.

Comments: A common lawn weed, introduced from Europe. Blooms vigorously in early spring, and sporadically later on. Larger flowered than some of the other common lawn speedwells.

Where to find it: Scattered in park lawn areas.