Wildflowers, Plants and Ferns, Pacific Northwest
Slender Speedwell was introduced to North America by the settlers and now is considered to be an invasive plant. It forms thick mats that spread by vegetative propagation instead of seed and this means that if you have slender speedwell in your lawn, every time you cut the grass, you spread the plant.
The small and pretty flowers are light blue and are borne on top of very thin stems. The flowers have four petals with two stamen along with a single clubbed pistil. This plant grows all over the Pacific Northwest.
The origin of this flowers name goes back to the time of Jesus, it is said that as Jesus was carrying the cross, Saint Veronica took pity on him and wiped his forehead with her kerchief, when she looked at the kerchief, it had his likeness in perfection on it. The kerchief was kept in the Vatican but her name has been applied to the flower Slender Speedwell, the Latin name is Veronica Filiformis and it is a common flower seen by the pious who walk the path Jesus walked. The common name Speedwell is said to come from the old blessing “god speed”.