Cardia quadriloba Dulac
Cochlidiosperma hederifolium (L.) Opiz
Cochlidiosperma lappago (Schrank) Opiz
Cochlidiosperma sibthorpioides (Debeaux ex Degen & Herv.) D.Y.Hong & S.Nilsson
Cochlidiosperma sublobata (M.A.Fisch.) D.Y.Hong & S.Nilsson
Veronica lappago Schrank
Veronica sibthorpioides Debeaux ex Degen & Herv.
Veronica sublobata M.A.Fisch
Common Name: Ivy-Leaf Speedwell
Veronica hederifolia is an annual to biennial plant growing from a slender rootstock. The slender stem is decumbent to procumbent, producing long lateral shoots; it can grow 8 - 30cm tall, exceptionally to 60cm[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
The plant has become a weed of temperate regions.
Eurasia - Norway to Portugal, east through the Caucasus and Turkey to Central Asia, Iran and the Levant; N. Africa - Macaronesia, Morocco to Liba
Common in cultivated ground throughout Britain[
]. Wastelands, on banks of rivulets, in forest glades, foothills[
Species in this genus are generally easily grown in a moderately fertile moisture retentive well drained soil[
]. Prefers cool summers[
The herb is alterative, antiscorbutic and diuretic[
]. It is used in the treatment of scurvy, impurities of the blood etc[
]. It is also used as a remedy for scrofulous affections, especially of the skin, and is bruised and applied externally for healing burns, ulcers, whitlows and the mitigation of painful piles[
Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ.