Corn Speedwell

Corn_Speedwell_jpgThis family (Scrophulariaceae) commonly called the Figwort or Snapdragon Family consists of 224 genera and 4,450 species of herbs and a few shrubs and trees.  Members of this family are cultivated as ornamental including Snapdragons, Slipper-Flowers and the Empress-Tree. The name of this genus (Veronica) has been attributed to Saint Veronica, the woman who wiped Jesus’s face when he fell while carrying the cross on the road to Calvary, and her towel preserved the  image of His face. The name “Speedwell”  is said to be derived from the characteristic of these plants grow by the waysides and quickly spread.

OtherCommonName:

Wall Speedwell

ScientificName:

Veronica arvensis

Community:

Edge

PlantStatus:

Naturalized from Eurasia

LifeSpan:

Annual

PlantHeight:

to 1 foot

FruitingTime:

August to September

Distribution:

Throughout North America ~ Statewide in NJ; a common weed in diverse habitats

FloweringTime:

April to July

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Erect or ascending ~ Leaves hairy, oval to elliptic, palmate ~ Flowers terminal, 4 blue-violet petals