Information on Wall Speedwell

Common Name: Wall Speedwell
Scientific Name: Veronica arvensis
Irish Name: Lus cré balla
Family Group: Plantaginaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Wall Speedwell is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site.


On dry bare ground, tilled fields and walls, this little annual wildflower shows its tiny, brilliant blue flowers (2-4mm across) from April to September.  These flowers are a brighter blue than most of the other Speedwells, are borne in dense leafy spikes and are partly hidden by the leaf-like bracts which surround them.  The 4-lobed corolla is shorter than the calyx.  The oval leaves are coarsely toothed, opposite or alternate and the lower leaves have short leaf-stalks, the upper unstalked. The plant is erect and hairy and it only grows to a height of 15cm.  This is a native plant and it belongs to the family Plantaginaceae.

I first recorded this plant in Gibletstown, Co Wexford in 2007 and I photographed it at that time.   

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Speedwell, Wall
Speedwell, Wall