Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Veronica agrestis
of the Figwort family
an annual
5 -20 cm high
blooms all year round
ikes waste and cultivated land
can be seen by the Roman Bath-house

The name "Speedwell" is thought to be a reference to the plant's medicinal use - if taken you will be well quickly! However, it is suspected that the name could also stem from the fragility of the flower once it is picked. The petals soon fall off and the flower is gone - "speed well" (i.e. "fare thee well"). Actually the plant is a native of Western Asia.