Ivy-Leaved Speedwell,  Veronica hederifolia
Plantaginaceae or Plantain Family (formerly in the Scrophulariaceae, the Figwort Family)

Low, creeping, spreading plant with tiny, white to blue flowers, striped with darker blue, about an eighth to a quarter inch wide, solitary in the axils of the leaves.  Three petals are larger than the fourth.  Leaves approximately round, with 3 to 5 lobes on the sides, hairy. The lower leaves opposite each other, the upper, alternating on the stem.  Blooms in early spring into summer.

An alien weed.  Unfortunately common in the woods on the western slope and along the bikepath and Wildwood Drive. 

Similar to Persian speedwell (V. persica), but that plant has coarsely toothed leaves, and larger, sky-blue flowers, and prefers sunnier locations along the bikeway. Also resembles corn speedwell (V. arvensis), but that plant has leaves with no or almost no leafstalks and upper leaves that are strap-shaped. Thyme-leaved speedwell (V. serpyllifolia) is also similar, but the flowers are in terminal clusters rather than single, and the leaves are nearly or quite toothless.



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