Scientific NameVeronica filiformis
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A trailing perennial with round creeping stems that grow up to 50 cm long and root at nodes. Plants form dense mats in turfgrass and flower from spring into early summer. Plants remain green through winter but some stalks will die back. Stems may become defoliated during hot and dry conditions but typically persist to sprout new leaves when weather conditions improve.
Leaves are small (8 to 12 mm long) and round or kidney shaped and have sparse hairs. Lower leaves are opposite and leaves on the flowering stem are alternate. Leaf edges are notched with predominately rounded teeth. Leaves are borne from slender and delicate stems on short stalks (2 mm long). Upper and lower leaves are similar in size and shape.
The plant has a fibrous shallow root system with intertwining stems that root at nodes. Unlike most speedwells, plants typically lack seed pods or seed pods lack seed.
Flower Seed Head
Flowers are slighly smaller than a dime (8 mm diameter) and showy with split light blue and blue designs. Flowers are borne on long (up to 2.5 cm) stalks that arise singly from leaf axils on the upper stems.
Fruit is rare in North American plants and consists of a small (5 to 8 mm long) heart-shaped hairy pod. Seed are typically not produced in North America but common in Europe.
Plants grow in lawns, ornamental areas, and winter grain crops. You can also find the plants in open waste places or home gardens but they do not thrive in areas where regular spring tillage is practiced. Plants may be found in many conditions but are best adapted to dry or sandy soils and shady lawns.
upright and nonwoody,
prostrate and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
Stem Cross Section
round or oval