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Veronica serpyllifolia L.
Thymeleaf speedwell, Thyme-leaf Speedwell
USDA Symbol: VESE
A mat-forming plant bearing short, erect, narrow clusters of white or pale blue flowers with darker stripes arising from creeping stems.
This small plant, naturalized from Europe, is often found in lawns. Its leaves resemble those of thyme, hence its common name. The variety humifusa, a North American native found from Ontario east to Newfoundland and south to Massachusetts and Minnesota, is distinguished by its bright blue flowers. The genus name is thought to be derived from the Latin vera (true) and the Greek eicon (image), alluding to the legend that the true image of Christ was received by Saint Veronica, for whom the genus was named.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
, WY Canada: NB
, NS Native Distribution:
Alberta and Saskatchewan; Ontario to Newfoundland, south to Georgia, west to Arkansas, north to Kansas and North Dakota. Native Habitat:
Roadsides, meadows, damp open woods, and lawns.
Growing ConditionsSoil Moisture: Moist
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2011-01-10
Research By: TWC Staff