Germander Speedwell - Veronica chamaedrys Germander Speedwell - Veronica chamaedrys

Herb: Germander Speedwell

Latin name: Veronica chamaedrys

Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Medicinal use of Germander Speedwell:

The herb is a blood purifier and vulnerary. It is applied externally to skin diseases and is said to be an efficacious treatment for the itch. Internally, an infusion of the leaves once had a good reputation in the treatment of coughs, asthma, catarrh etc.

Description of the plant:


50 cm
(1 foot)

to July

Habitat of the herb:

A common plant of grassland, woods, hedges etc.

Edible parts of Germander Speedwell:

The leaves are a tea substitute.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow autumn in a cold frame. 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 quantity, the seed can be sown in situ in the autumn or the spring. Division in autumn or spring. 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.

Cultivation of Germander Speedwell:

A common plant of grassland, woods, hedges etc.

Known hazards of Veronica chamaedrys:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.