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Veronica beccabunga - L.
                 
Common Name Brooklime, European speedwell
Family Scrophulariaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats In streams, ditches, ponds and wet places in meadows, in acid or alkaline soils[9, 17].
Range Europe, incl Britain, from Norway south and east to N. Africa, temperate Asia to Japan and Himalayas
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Wet Soil Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Veronica beccabunga Brooklime, European speedwell


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Veronica beccabunga Brooklime, European speedwell
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Physical Characteristics
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Veronica beccabunga is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to September, and the seeds ripen from Jul to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Flies, bees, self.The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Pond; Bog Garden;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[2, 4, 5, 115]. They can be added to salads, mixed with water cress or cooked with other strongly flavoured greens[9, 183]. A pungent flavour, although the leaves are wholesome they are not very palatable[4, 12].
Medicinal Uses


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Alterative;  Antiscorbutic;  Diuretic;  Emmenagogue;  Febrifuge;  Poultice.

The whole plant is alterative, antiscorbutic, very mildly diuretic, emmenagogue and febrifuge[4, 9, 13, 21]. It is of little benefit as a medicinal herb, but has a beneficial laxative effect when included in the diet[9]. The leaves are used in the treatment of scurvy, impurity of the blood etc[240]. The plant is bruised and applied externally as a politic on burns, ulcers, whitlows, etc[240].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Easily grown in a moderately fertile wet soil, growing best in water up to 15cm deep[24, 200]. Prefers cool summers[200]. Plants do not demand high light levels[200]. A good bee plant[24].
Propagation
Seed - sow autumn in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If you have sufficient, the seed can be sown in situ in the spring or the autumn. Division at almost any time in the growing season. Very easy, even a small part of the plant will root if put in water[K].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Veronica agrestisField Speedwell, Green field speedwell11
Veronica americanaAmerican Brooklime, American speedwell21
Veronica anagallis-aquaticaWater Speedwell22
Veronica arvensisCorn Speedwell01
Veronica catenata 10
Veronica chamaedrysGermander Speedwell11
Veronica hederifoliaIvy-Leaf Speedwell01
Veronica longifoliaGarden Speedwell, Long-Leaf Speedwell10
Veronica officinalisCommon Speedwell12
Veronica peregrinaNecklace Weed, Neckweed, Hairy purslane speedwell02
Veronica politaGray field speedwell21
Veronica scutellataMarsh Speedwell, Skullcap speedwell10
Veronica spuriabastard speedwell10
Veronica undulataUndulate speedwell11
Veronicastrum axillare 02
Veronicastrum sibiricumBlackroot02
Veronicastrum virginicumBeaumont's Root, Culver's root, Bowman's Root, Culver's Root, Black Root03
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