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Veronica anagallis-aquatica - L.

Common Name Water Speedwell
Family Scrophulariaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Marshes, ditches, wet meadows, ponds and streams, avoiding acid conditions[1, 17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Norway south and east to N. Africa, temperate Asia to Japan.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Wet Soil Water Plants Full sun
Veronica anagallis-aquatica Water Speedwell


Veronica anagallis-aquatica Water Speedwell
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Veronica anagallis-aquatica is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jun to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Flies, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.

Synonyms

V. anagallis.

Habitats

 Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[46, 61]. Rich in vitamin C[2]. A subtle flavour[132], the leaves can be added to salads or used as a potherb[183]. When used in salads they go better with a lemon dressing than vinegar[183]. The leaves are often available in winter.

Medicinal Uses



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Alterative;  Antiscorbutic;  Appetizer;  Diuretic;  Poultice.

The root and the leaves are alterative, appetizer and diuretic[218, 240]. The leaves are used in the treatment of scurvy, impurity of the blood etc[240]. The plant is bruised and applied externally as a poultice on burns, ulcers, whitlows, etc[240].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Easily grown in a moderately fertile wet soil or in shallow water[1, 200]. Prefers cool summers[200]. Plants are occasionally cultivated for their edible leaves in Japan[61].

Propagation

Seed - sow autumn in a cold frame[200]. 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 seed it can be grown in situ in the autumn or spring. Division in autumn or spring[200]. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring. Cuttings of young shoots root easily in the growing season, merely put them in water.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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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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Layne   Thu Apr 12 2007

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