Common speedwell

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.

Scientific name: Veronica officinalis L.

Common name(s): common speedwell, gypsyweed, common gypsyweed

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile , NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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-generally flowers June, July in ME

-simple opposite leaves

-may be confused with V. chamaedrys; see left sidebar of Go Botany webpage


-anthropogenic disturbed areas



Natural History:

-Introduced from Europe

-traditionally used as a remedy for coughs or a salve


Hansen, R.W., S.B. Hansen and E.A. Osgood. 1991. Reproductive phenologies of selected flowering plants in eastern Maine forests. ME Agric. Exp. Station Tech. Bull. 143. 17 pp.

Heinrich, B. 1976. Flowering phenologies: Bog, woodland, and disturbed habitats. Ecology. 57(5):890-899.\

Go Botany. “Veronica Officinalis L.” Veronica Officinalis (Common Speedwell): Go Botany, 2020,