Friday, March 4, 2011

Persian Speedwell

One of the first signs of spring in Wildwood is often overlooked.
It is tiny and underfoot.
A close-up photo makes you think that it is large but,
don't let the camera fool you!

Persian speedwell (Veronica persica) is a ground cover that is plentiful in Wildwood.
It blooms along the bike path, in grassy areas, and almost anywhere there
is enough sunshine for it to flower. Another speedwell that is similar to it 
is called ivy-leaved. You have to take a close look to see the differences between them.
(Be sure to notice the leaves.)

Ivy-leaved Speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) will soon also be flowering.
When looking for spring flowers, be sure to take a close look at the
tiny flowers as well as the showy ones.
Carry a magnifying glass with you!

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