Wood Speedwell: the mountain speedwell | Nature Notes from Dorset

Whilst retaining the well recognised flower shape of the speedwell family wood speedwell (Veronica montana) is a pale lilac colour although my camera shot perhaps does not actually show this very well. It is a sprawling, rather hairy plant, found in damp woodlands, often where the soil is mainly clay. Few other members of the speedwell family are found in these conditions although the well known, and close relative of the wood speedwell, germander speedwell can be found in woods but the flowers are a much deeper blue so there should not be confusion.
The Latin name 'montana' not surprisingly means 'of the mountains' so it seems an unusual choice for a name for a plant found in lowland woodlands.

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