131017 HEATH SPEEDWELL Veronica officinalis (Scrophulariaceae) Height to 10cm. Delicate and mat-forming, hairy perennial with creeping stems that root at the nodes and are hairy all round, and upright flowering stems. Grows in grassland, woodland and on heaths. FLOWERS are 6-8mm across, the corolla 4-lobed and lilac-blue with darker veins; borne in cylindrical and often conical spikes (May-Aug). FRUITS are flattened, hear-shaped capsules. LEAVES are oval, toothed, unstalked and hairy on both sides. STATUS-Widespread and common throughout the region.