Veronica serpyllifolia (Thyme-leaf Speedwell)
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|Habitat:||shade, sun; moist woods, grassy places, waste grounds|
|Bloom season:||May - October|
|Plant height:||4 to 12 inch creeper|
|Wetland Indicator Status:||GP: OBL MW: FACW NCNE: FAC|
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Flower is 1/8 to ¼ inch across, saucer shaped with 4 white or blueish-white round lobes (petals). The lobe on the bottom is smaller and narrower than the other 3. The top lobes are streaked with purple on the inside of the petal. There are 2 stamens coming from the greenish center.
Leaves and stem:
Leaves are less than 1½ inches long, oval or round, sometimes with scalloped edges over part of or the entire leaf. There is a very short leaf stalk. Attachment is opposite, except at the top of the plant where the flowers are alternately attached. Stems creep along the ground, the flowering end rising up.
There are 2 subspecies of Thyme-leaf Speedwell: a native species with bright blue flowers, and this non-native species with white and purple streaked flowers. This plant is an inconspicuous ground cover and is often hidden in the grass. It is easy to miss unless there is a large patch of it or a speck of white from the flowers catches your eye. When you're out looking for wildflowers, don't forget to look directly down every now and then—you never know what you'll find! All Veronica species have been reassigned from the Scrophulariaceae (Figwort) family to Plantaginaceae (Plantain).
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- a small patch hidden in the grass
- view from ground level, about 3 inches tall
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Photos by K. Chayka taken at Long Lake and Vadnais/Snail Lake Regional parks, Ramsey County. Photos courtesy Peter M. Dziuk taken in Anoka County.
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