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NAME: Bird's Eye Speedwell

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Veronica Persica / Plantaginaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  field speedwell, gypsy weed, Persian speedwell

CONDITIONS: sun/shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

slightly bitter

RAW/COOK

Spring

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT: Leaves - raw or cooked.

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: This plant has “remarkable medicinal powers out of proportion to its size”. Used by gypsies as a blood purifier. Removes excess mucus, soothe internal tissues, treat coughs, asthma, pleurisy. A tea made of speedwell is used to clear sinus congestion, help eyesight and ease sore eyes.  http://www.juliasedibleweeds.com/edible-weeds-flowers/speedwell-pretty-blue-flowers. Afghani herbalistMahomet Allum, used the plant to treat patients with heart trouble, in Adelaide, Australia, in the mid-20th century.[8] It is also used for snakebite treatment, hemorrhaging, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and as an expectorant.(2) The use of Speedwell in healing to clears sinus congestion; eases eye soreness and helps eyesight. Goes to areas of tension, specifically the neck and shoulder areas and relaxes the muscles. A decoction of the plant is used in the treatment of dysmenorrhoea and hemorrhage. // this plant has “remarkable medicinal powers out of proportion to its size”, used by gypsies as a blood purifier, removes excess mucus, soothe internal tissues, treat coughs, asthma, pleurisy, a tea made of speedwell is used to clear sinus congestion, help eyesight and ease sore eyes. I had a swollen top eyelid and sore eye – bathing it with speedwell healed it quickly (4)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES / RELATED:  many species -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veronica_(plant)  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Veronica+agrestis
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veronica_persica AND (close resembling relatives) https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Veronica+americana and
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veronica_(plant)
  4. http://www.juliasedibleweeds.com/edible-weeds-flowers/speedwell-pretty-blue-flower
  5. http://soilbeneath.blogspot.com/2015/07/edible-weeds-plant-identification.html
  6. https://herberowe.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/birds-eye-speedwell-veronica-persica