Sunday, December 23, 2012

Green in Winter: Common Speedwell

The text and picture below were posted earlier as a plant quiz. The plant was correctly named by Scott as Veronica officinalis, Common Speedwell. Good call, Scott!   This attractive little garden escape has a definite preference for dry, eroded clay slopes in partial shade. 

Posted previously: This plant was growing on a forested clay slope in St. Joseph County, Indiana. Do you recognize it? Feel free to name it or just take a guess. Good luck!

3 comments:

Sara Rall said...

I don't suppose it's the aptly-named wintergreen, is it?

Keith Board said...

Thanks for trying Sara! There are several plants known as "wintergreen," but the quiz plant isn't any of those. In Indiana, the one we call wintergreen or "teaberry" is Gaultheria procumbens, which you can see in several posts if you take the "Gaultheria" link on the left edge of this page. Thanks again for giving it a try!

Scott Namestnik said...

Looks like one of my favorite little weeds, Veronica officinalis.