Sunday, January 6, 2013

Green in Winter: Ivy-leaved Speedwell

Veronica hederaefolia  (= V. hederifolia) seems to be expanding its range in the Midwest. During the growing season its abundant hairs give it a grey-green appearance, making it noticeable from a distance. It grows densely and flowers and fruits profusely. This attractive little weed certainly could become a menace. Photographed on January 4, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana, along the edge of an abandoned parking lot where it was discovered in 2004. 

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