Information on Grey Field-speedwell

Common Name: Grey Field-speedwell
Scientific Name: Veronica polita
Irish Name: Lus cré liath
Family Group: Plantaginaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period

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Grey Field-speedwell could sometimes be confused with:

Field-speedwell, Common, Field-speedwell, Green,

This annual species is not very widespread in Ireland, being found mainly in the south-east. It is quite similar to Green Field-speedwell but its leaves are grey-green rather than the purer green of Green Field-speedwell. It bears small, bright blue flowers (4-8mm across) with oval and pointed sepals. The flowers are the typical shape of Speedwells, three larger petals with a smaller, paler petal below. The plant has some short non-glandular hairs and erect glandular hairs. This species only grows to about 25-30cm high and is usually found on well-drained soils, arable fields and waste ground. The flowers can be seen from March to November. This is an introduced species which belongs to the Plantain or Plantagiaceae family. 

I first saw this little species close to New Ross, Co Wexford, when it was pointed out to me by Paula O’Meara, the BSBI’s Joint Vice-county Recorder for Wexford. 

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

Field-speedwell, Grey
Field-speedwell, Grey