Veronica serpyllifolia L.
Family: Plantaginaceae
thyme-leaved speedwell
Veronica serpyllifolia image
Christopher Noll  
Etymology: Veronica: named after Saint Veronica, the woman who gave Jesus a cloth to wipe his face while on the way to Calvary, and so named because the markings on some species supposedly resemble those on her sacred handkerchief
Plants: creeping perennial, 4"-12" tall forb; stems finely hairy; from rhizomes
Leaves: opposite except alternate in the upper inflorescence, mostly less than 1 1/2" long, elliptical to oval, edges mostly smooth
Flowers: blue, 4-parted, 1/8"-1/3" wide, lobes longer than the tube; inflorescence a loose, long, terminal cluster (raceme); blooms May-Sept.
Fruits: notched, wider than tall capsule
Conservation Status: Native