Veronica arvensis Linnaeus
Plantaginaceae (Plantain) Family
Corn Speedwell is a prostrate to erect, hairy annual. The species is native to Europe and is common throughout North America in gardens, pastures, waste places and cutivated land. Its preferred habitat is roadsides, yards and disturbed areas. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are opposite arranged in pairs about the stem. The lower leaves have short petioles; the upper are sessile. Measuring 1.5 to 2.5 cm in length, ovate or triangular in outline with a truncate or slightly cordate base; coarse teeth.
The flowers are pale blue-violet in a raceme arrangement, nearly symmetrical; four sepals. The corolla is four-lobed; light blue in color with dark blue veins and a white center; two stamens. Flowers begin opening in the spring and continue to open through October.
Fruit is a heart-shaped capsule.