Field Speedwell

Field Speedwell
Field Speedwell. Veronica agrestis.
Plantaginaceae, the plantain family, formerly Scrophulariaceae, the figwort family.

Plant: Small, low, creeping plant, to 12" long, with very small, blue and white striped flowers arising from the leaf axils. Common in lawns. Probably an overwintering annual.
Flowers: White or light blue, with darker blue stripes, 3/8"-1/2", with four unequal petals, the lower one being narrower than the other three, and two stamens. Flowers borne singly on medium length stems in the leaf axils.
Leaves: Mostly alternate, broadly ovate to round with slightly pointed tips, 1/4"-1/2", entire, practically sessile, and slightly downy-hairy.
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. Smaller than creeping speedwell (V. filiformis), which is also found in lawns here.

Where to find it: Widely distributed in park lawn areas.