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Ivy-leaved Speedwell

A common flower of cultivated ground forming quite large patches of sprawling plants.




  • Ivy-leaved Speedwell: small and hairy

    Post date: Saturday, 12 September, 2015 - 00:00

    Many of the speedwell family of flowers seem to have a preference for disturbed or cultivated ground and ivy-leaved speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) is certainly one of them. Like so many weeds of cultivation it is a prostrate and sprawling plant that spreads over quite large areas when it gets the chance.

    The flowers on this plant are quite small and insignificant and seem to readily fall off when touched. The leaves are vaguely similar to ivy leaves, as the name would imply, but I have to say that in my opinion the resemblance to ivy is not convincing! However, the leaves are a different shape to the other speedwell species which may help in identification.  The stems and leaves are very hairy too as my photograph seems to have captured.

    Where it occurs it can be quite extensive and can become something of a problem in the wrong place. 


Common Name Ivy-leaved Speedwell
Scientific Name Veronica hederifolia
Species Group Speedwell Family Veronicaceae
Interest Level
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Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Figwort family - Scrophulariaceae
Status Occasional
Flower Colour Group Purple
  • 03 - March
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
Preferred Environment
Look for Low creeping plant with leaves resembling the shape of ivy leaves wit small pale purple flowers
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

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

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Speedwell Family Veronicaceae