pretty blue flowers ground cover

katkerri(NC mountains)March 15, 2013

do you know its name? : )

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Veronica sp. Possibly V chamaedrys - Germander Speedwell but I don't know what species would be in your region. A beautiful little plant but considered a weed in gardens due to its ability to seed rapidly - even in winter if there are mild spells.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 2:23PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Appears to be Veronica persica, speedwell.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 2:26PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

rhizo_1 can you distinguish the two? What's the trick?

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 2:53PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Leaf shape does it for me. These leaves are very toothed, chopped. I could certainly be in error.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 9:52AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Either way it's a bit tricky identifying through plastic wrap ;-)

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 1:44PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

why are they under plastic???


    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 8:04PM
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jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)

The only Veronica species that occurs in the OP's area in numbers, and has similar flowers and leaves to the plant in the photo, is V. persica. Veronica chamaedrys does exist in at least one NC county, but that species has only opposite leaves. V. persica and similar species have both alternate and opposite leaves. I think rhizo has this one right.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 4:41PM
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Veronica chamaedrys:
Height: 10-35 cm (4-14 in.). Stem ascending-erect, opposite sides hairy.
Flower: Corolla almost regular (actinomorphic), bright blue-purple, dark-striped in middle, 10-12 mm (0.4-0.48 in.) broad, fused, 4-lobed, wheel-shaped, short-tubed. Calyx 4-lobed, lobes linear, with glandular hairs . Stamens 2. Pistil a fused carpel. Inflorescence a lax, axillary raceme. Racemes often in pairs. Flower-stalk longer than subtending bracts.
Leaves: Opposite, lowest short-stalked, others stalkless. Blade ovate, with blunt base, both sides hairy, large-toothed.
Fruit: Cordate, flat, shorter than broad, shorter than calyx, hairy capsule.

Veronica persica:
Height: 5-30 cm (2-12 in.). Stem limp-ascending, sparsely haired.
Flower: Corolla almost regular (actinomorphic), blue, 8-12 mm (0.32-0.48 in.) wide, fused, 4-lobed, wheel-shaped, short-funnelled. Calyx 4-lobed, lobes lanceolate, with tapered tips, do not overlap, hairy along edges, otherwise glabrous. Stamens 2. Gynoecium fused, single-styled. Flowers solitary in leaf axils. Flower-stalk longer than subtending bract, descending oblique in fruiting stage.
Leaves: Opposite, short-stalked. Blade widely ovate, light green, large-toothed.
Fruit: Very widely notched, flattish, twice as long as wide, net-veined, capsule only with glandular hairs.

Here is a link that might be useful: Veronica chamaedrys

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 8:33AM
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