June bloomer, wildflower?

w1ldflower(5)July 24, 2014

Found this growing behind a house I was renting in downstate NY (maybe zone 5-6) and am not entirely sure if it was planted or native. Have not seen it in my travels before (and it certainly caught my eye this time) and hoped someone may be familiar with it. Any ideas? Thanks!

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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

It looks like a Speedwell. Probably a garden variety rather than a native? (Certainly the natives I've seen here and in Illinois aren't that bright a blue.)

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 10:39PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Could be Veronica chamaedrys, Germander speedwell, if that occurs in your region.

Here is a link that might be useful: V chamaedrys

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 6:33AM
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w1ldflower(5)

Very good!! I think you are right on with V. chamaedrys. Not a native, but I can certainly see why one would introduce it. The color is really spectacular. Thanks for your guidance!

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 1:18PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

It's a garden weed here. I imagine it arrived in N America unintentionally rather than by deliberate introduction.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 1:47PM
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