Veronica hederifolia L.

Ivy-leaf Speedwell

Sp. Pl. 13 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Sprawling annual; stems to c. 20 cm long; hairs scattered on branches and leaves. Leaves very broad-ovate 5–20 mm long and wide, apex very broad-obtuse, base truncate to subcordate, margins with 1–3 pairs of broad rounded teeth; petiole mostly 5–18 mm long. Flowers solitary in the axils of leaf-like bracts; pedicels 5–20 mm long. Calyx-lobes 3.5–6.5 mm long, 2.3–4 mm wide in fruit, ciliate; corolla c. 2.5 mm long, blue or lilac. Capsule deeply 4-lobed or c. globose, c. 4 mm diam., not compressed, glabrous; style 0.5–0.8 mm long. Flowers mostly spring.

*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, NSW, Tas. Native to Europe. An uncommon weed of gardens and crops, recorded in Victoria from Castlemaine, Kyneton, Lara, Melbourne, Mornington and Stradbroke districts.

Source: Briggs, B.G.; Barker, W.R. (1999). Veronica. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-10-25
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Veronica
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Veronica hederifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Veronica hederifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

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South Australia
New South Wales