Germander Speedwell

Germander Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys)

This is a familiar plant which is found in a number of habitats including well-drained calcareous soil such as that found on Bepton Down.  It is a perennial growing to between 20 – 40 cm in height.  The hairy flowering stem is upright in habit whereas the creeping stems will readily root at the nodes.

It produces oval, toothed, hairy leaves on short stalks.  The flowers are held  in racemes of 10 – 12 on slender stalks and are between 10 – 12 mm across.  The are light blue with a white eye.  They are in flower between March to July depending on altitude as they are found up to 750m.  The seed is contained in capsules.

A common native plant found on Bepton Down
A common native plant found on Bepton Down