Thyme-leaved Speedwell - Bird's Eye Speedwell
Veronica persica Poiret (Linnaeus)
Plantaginaceae (Plantain) Family

The plant presents itself in short, narrow clusters of white or pale blue flowers with darker stripes at the tops of creeping or erect stems that form mats. Overall plant height is 2 to 10" tall. Its preferred habitat is roadsides, meadows and damp open woods. Distribution is occasional in the Escambia region.

The flowers are about 1/6" wide with 4 petals, 3of them rounded, the lowest narrower. There will be 2 stamens. Flowers occur from April to July.

Leaves are about 1/2 to 2/3" long, mostly opposite, ovate, minutely toothed.

This small plant is often found in lawns. The variety humifusa is distinguished by its bright blue flowers. The genus name is said to be derived from the Greek words vera, "true" and eicon, "image," alluding to a legend concerning the true image of Christ received by St. Veronica, for whom the flower was named.

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