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Corn Speedwell Veronica arvensis

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veh-RON-ih-ka ar-VEN-sis
Description

Corn speedwell is a winter annual weed with tiny bright blue flowers. It prefers sunny locations in poor soils that are moist to dry in disturbed areas. It is low-branching and spreads by seeds, occasionally forming colonies.

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#evergreen#sun#annual#weed#weedy#blue flowers#winter annual weed#annual weed#cool season weed#short lifespan#poor soils tolerant#HS302
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#annual#weed#weedy#blue flowers#winter annual weed#annual weed#cool season weed#short lifespan#poor soils tolerant#HS302
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Veronica
    Species:
    arvensis
    Family:
    Plantaginaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    The herb is alterative, antiscorbutic and diuretic. It has been used used for the treatment of scurvy, impurities of the blood etc. It is also used as a remedy for scrofulous affections, especially of the skin, and is bruised and applied externally for healing burns and ulcers.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, Asia, Africa
    Distribution:
    Forests, streambanks, prairies, savannas, glades, tops of bluffs, fields, lawns, railroads, roadsides, and open, disturbed areas.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 2 in. - 0 ft. 8 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Weed
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Prostrate
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    1/8 inch long heart-shaded capsule with numerous yellow seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The flower is a blue-violet to blue corolla with 4 petal-like lobes and 4 hairy green sepals. They bloom near the apex of the stems in mid-spring to mid-summer.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Oblong
    Orbicular
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenulate
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    The yellow-green lower leaves are up to 3/8" long and across and are hairy, oval-orbicular, crenate along their margins, and opposite with very short stems. The middle to upper leaves are up to ΒΌ" long, linear-oblong to lanceolate in shape, slightly crenate or smooth, alternate and sessile. They are hairy and yellow-green to green.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Prostrate to erect stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Poor Soil
    Rabbits
    Problems:
    Weedy