Long Leaved Speedwell

Scientific Name: Veronica longifolia
Family Name: Scrophulariaceae

Flower: Purple, four-petaled flower that grow on long spikes.

Leaf: Opposite, lanceolate, green leaves, with teeth.

Plant: 2 ? 4 ft. (60 ? 120 cm.) tall, including a 1 ft. (30 cm.) tall spike of flowers.

Identifying Characteristics: Long leaved Speedwell is unique for its spike of small four-petaled purple flowers.

Location: We found Long Leaved Speedwell growing on a medium strip of the VFW Parkway in Newton, Massachusetts.

History and Comments: Long Leaved Speedwell is native to Europe, and it is considered a weed in the United States. It grows well in disturbed places and difficult habitats like concrete, or near roads.

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