Corn Speedwell
Veronica arvensis

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica (veh-RON-ih-ka) (Info)
Species: arvensis (ar-VEN-sis) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Groundcovers

Herbs

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Dark Blue

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Ellendale, Delaware

Benton, Kentucky

Brookeville, Maryland

Millersville, Maryland

Millersburg, Pennsylvania

Crossville, Tennessee

Germantown, Tennessee

De Leon, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On May 5, 2006, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

For a weed, it's inconsipicous and pretty. I only really notice these plants growing on bare dusty patches in the yard where there's no grass.

Positive

On May 3, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

As I have a yard, rather than a lawn, this little weed is just another cheerful addition. Lots of folks who like beautifully groomed ,weed free lawns hate it...but it isn't unattractive when it's mixed in with all the other flora that makes my yard a patchwork of native plants and grasses.

The species name means 'belonging to plowed land' in Latin. It is originally from Europe, and is common in waste places and plowed fields.

The name 'Speedwell' reflects the 'speed' at which these plants can spread.