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Veronica anagallis-aquatica - L.

Common Name Water Speedwell
Family Scrophulariaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Marshes, ditches, wet meadows, ponds and streams, avoiding acid conditions[1, 17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Norway south and east to N. Africa, temperate Asia to Japan.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care (info)
Wet Soil Water Plants Full sun
Veronica anagallis-aquatica Water Speedwell


Veronica anagallis-aquatica Water Speedwell
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Veronica anagallis-aquatica is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Flies. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.

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Synonyms

V. anagallis.

Plant Habitats

 Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[46, 61]. Rich in vitamin C[2]. A subtle flavour[132], the leaves can be added to salads or used as a potherb[183]. When used in salads they go better with a lemon dressing than vinegar[183]. The leaves are often available in winter.

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Medicinal Uses

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Alterative  Antiscorbutic  Appetizer  Diuretic  Poultice  Vitamin C

The root and the leaves are alterative, appetizer and diuretic[218, 240]. The leaves are used in the treatment of scurvy, impurity of the blood etc[240]. The plant is bruised and applied externally as a poultice on burns, ulcers, whitlows, etc[240].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in a moderately fertile wet soil or in shallow water[1, 200]. Prefers cool summers[200]. Plants are occasionally cultivated for their edible leaves in Japan[61].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow autumn in a cold frame[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If you have sufficient seed it can be grown in situ in the autumn or spring. Division in autumn or spring[200]. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring. Cuttings of young shoots root easily in the growing season, merely put them in water.

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Layne   Thu Apr 12 2007

Hi, I've been looking up information about Veronica water because I've got an antique bottle "Veronica Medicinal Spring Water" can you tell me more about it? The water and who may have bottled. Thank you.

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