speedwell, thymeleaf

COMMON NAME: Speedwell, thymeleaf
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Veronica serpyllifolia
FAMILY: Scrophulariaceae
LIFECYCLE: Annual
FEATURES: Winter annual broadleaf (dicot) weed. Plant primarily glabrous (without hairs). Lower leaves
opposite, with leaves becoming more compact at the apex of the plant; thus leaves appearing
alternate. Leaves spatulate in shape with lightly toothed margins. Stems white to green, glabrous.
Flowers occurring at apex of plant in leaf axils. Flowers four petal, white with purple streaks.
One lower petal reduced in shape with less purple streaking.
DESCRIPTION: Less common of all speedwell species. Often found in shaded moist conditions that have been
overseeded with cool-season weeds and mowed low. Flowers similar to Persian and slender
speedwell, but thymeleaf flowers are more white. Primarily a glabrous (hairless) plant compared
to the heavy pubescence (hairy) appearance of other speedwells.

Broad View Whole plant

Broad View
Whole plant

Leaf Leaves

Leaf
Leaves

Leaf Leaves

Leaf
Leaves

Flower / Seed Head Flower

Flower / Seed Head
Flower