Cardia agrestis (L.) Dulac
Cochlidiosperma agreste (L.) Opiz
Pocilla agrestis (L.) Fourr.
Common Name: Field Speedwell
Veronica agrestis is an annual, branching profusely from the base and growing 5 - 30cm tall, occasionally to 40cm, The stems are ascending to decumbent, often rooting at the nodes[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine.
The plant has spread as a weed to many areas of the temperate zone.
Europe - Norway to Portugal, east to European Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Greece; N. Africa - Macaronesia, Morocco to Libya; W. Asia- Israel, Jordan
Cultivated ground throughout Britain, common in the north, local in the south[
]. A weed in fields, gardens, kitchen gardens, in forest and forest-steppe zones; rarely in mixed-grass area in foothills and mountains at elevations up to 1,800 metres[
|Pollinators||Diptera, Hymenoptera, Self
Species in this genus are generally easily grown in a moderately fertile moisture retentive well drained soil[
]. Prefers cool summers[
Leaves and young shoots - raw or cooked. A bitter flavour[
]. A famine food, it is only used when all else fails[
A decoction of the plant is used in the treatment of dysmenorrhoea and haemorrhages[
Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ.