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Speedwell Family Veronicaceae


Speedwells are mainly blue flowers but some are purple. They have four petals with the top three being larger than the bottom, or lip, one. The family also includes the toadflax sub-family (snapdraggons) with their distinctive two up, three down structure and an opening moth.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Recent Records Guidance Notes

For more information about a species click/tap its photograph:

Common Toadflax

Linaria vulgaris

Purple Toadflax

Linaria purpurea

Ivy-leaved Toadflax

Cymbalaria muralis

Small Toadflax

Chaenorhinum minus

Sharp-leaved Fluellen

Kickxia elatine

Lesser Snapdraggon

Antirrhinum orontium


Digitalis purpurea

Germander Speedwell

Veronica chamaedrys

Heath Speedwell

Veronica officinalis

Wood Speedwell

Veronica montana

Thyme-leaved Speedwell

Veronica serpyllifolia

Wall Speedwell

Veronica arvensis

Common Field Speedwell

Veronica persica

Grey Field Speedwell

Veronica polita

Ivy-leaved Speedwell

Veronica hederifolia


Veronica beccabunga

Water Speedwell

Veronica anagallis-aquatica