Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Common Field Speedwell

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Common Field Speedwell.

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Common Field Speedwell.

This week's Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week was Common Field Speedwell - Veronica Persica. 

Common Field Speedwell crops up here and there on the inhabited islands. We do have quite a few Speedwells on the islands. The most common is Germanda speedwell.

Its a sprawling plant and the stems lie on the ground but can scramble over other plants if they are in the way. It is hairy with oval leaves. The real appeal is the skyblue flowers with a white lower petal that opens in the sun.

The botanical name, Veronica persica, refers to a plant that has something to do with Persia or a peach. Veronica is more complicated. Veronica is a mixture of Greek and Latin. The story goes that a woman wiped the blood from the face of Jesus and the cloth she used bore his likeness.

In herbal remedies it has many uses as a blood purifier, relief of respiratory disorder, treatment for sore eyes and skin, and to relieve tension.

Common Field Speedwell is edible in salads, pesto, smoothies and as a tea. Please don't eat anything foraged unless you know what it is and if it is safe to eat.

You can listen to Liz's Wildflower Of The Week below and Liz will have a brand new Wildflower for you next Wednesday at 10:30am.