I found this growing over an expanse of shady, moss covered, damp ground in a pioneer cemetery in Zone 8. I foolishly thought that identification would be quick and easy - but no such luck! Is there a good dichotomous key online - something that is not incredibly complex?
That's common speedwell (veronica officinalis). I prefer the books for ID-ing plants. That way you can take them with you on your ventures. Most wildflower identification books are color-coded so you can go to the "blue" section and them find the plant from there. Audubon has a very nice wild flower book with some beautiful photos.
Thank you, Poppy Sue...I appreciate and respect your know how!! It was interesting to me to use my problem solving strategy to find out "why" I missed the fork in the road when using a standard text dichotomous key. Once you provided the proper identification, I worked my way backwards through the key to the point of error. It served as a good reminder to me to get out the hand lens and to pay attention to the details! I do have the Audubon book on flowers, but didn't even think to check it out - selecting instead some others that are more geographically specific. Another lesson learned!
The only thing I remember from my intro to speedwell, many many years ago, was the instructor's speaking of its invasiveness in lawns. Well, I brought home a small patch of this - with full intent to plant it into my own woodsy, mossy setting - and if it should "escape" into the field that I mow, so much the better! Never call mine "lawn" - grins!
You're welcome wanndanc ~ I'm glad I could help. Weedy it is but it's still pretty :o)
dpmichael - the National Audubon Society has many different field guides for identifying North American wildflowers & critters. I looked up their page but I didn't see anything that pertained to Greece. Here's a link to their book listings http://audobon.com/market/publish/list.html
Their field guides all have exceptional photographs and detailed descriptions about each entry. I have one for birds that I saved my money for when I was 11 years old. Back then it was the biggest purchase I ever made and a very big deal to me! The book is in several pieces now but it still serves it's purpose! I've never even thought about getting a new one.