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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ivyleaf speedwell seedlings
winter annual weed
alternate OR opposite
lower leaves opposite, upper leaves alternate
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