speedwell, Persian

COMMON NAME: Speedwell, Persian
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Veronica persica
FAMILY: Scrophulariaceae
FEATURES: Common winter annual in turfgrass, ornamentals and fallow fields. Stems normally red and
pubescent (hairy). Leaves alternate with toothed margins, veins not prominent, hairs pointing
to the leaf tip. Infloresence produced on a long stem (peduncle) normally red in color and
originated in the leaf axils. Flowers 1 to 2 cm in width. Upper three flower petals purple with
deep purple veins. Lower leaf is more white to light purple in color. Seed pod with flower bracts
form a V-shape.
DESCRIPTION: Common winter annual weed in dormant turfgrass throughout the southeast. Flowers are larger
than other speedwells. Leaf morphology does not change. Red, pubescent stem and flower are
distinguishing characteristics. Very similar to slender speedwell. From published reports, slender
speedwell does not produce viable seed, while Persian speedwell does.

Broad View Large populations

Broad View
Large populations

Broad View Individual plant

Broad View
Individual plant

Flower / Seed Head Flower

Flower / Seed Head

Flower / Seed Head Seedpod

Flower / Seed Head

Leaf Stem and leaf

Stem and leaf