Common Name: speedwell, ivyleaf
Species: Veronica hederifolia L.
Bayer Code: VERHE

Ivyleaf speedwell is a common North Carolina winter annual weed found in open fields and grassy areas along roadsides. This plant is low-growing and creeps along the ground like ivy. It has distinctive 3-5 lobed leaves that are densely hairy. Like the other speedwells, the leaves are both alternate (end of stem) and opposite (base of stem). Ivyleaf speedwell leaves are thicker and less serrated than those of either corn or Persian speedwell. Ivyleaf speedwell flowers in the spring. The flowers of both ivyleaf and Persian speedwell are blue and are borne on stalks longer than 1 mm, whereas those of corn speedwell are borne on stalks less than 1 mm in length. The seedpods are heart-shaped for all three species.
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CharacteristicTypeDescription
Growth Season winter annual weed 
Growth Habit prostrate, spreading 
Leaflet Number one 
Leaf Margin serrated/toothed 
Leaf Hairs upper/lower surface 
Leaf/Leaflet Shape heart/kidney/spade 
Leaf Width   
Leaf Venation palmate 
Leaf Arrangement alternate OR oppositelower leaves opposite, upper leaves alternate
Root Type fibrous 
Flower Color blue/purple