Veronica officinalis is part of the Plantaginaceae family of plants. They also call it the Heath Speedwell, Ground-heel, Ground Heele, Fluellen, Common Gypsyweed, Common Speedwell, Paul’s Betony. It is native to Europe and Western Asia. Veronica officinalis is a herbaceous perennial that grows in meadows.
The stems are hairy and about 50cm or 20in long and run on the ground shooting shorter stems up. The foliage is also hairy, opposite, finely toothed, and broad. Veronica officinalis flowers in Spring and Summer from May to August. The flower is light violet in color. It has four parts and grows in racemes from the upper leaf axils.
Veronica officinalis is grown for human consumption or medicinal purposes. It is a tea substitute with a slightly bitter taste. They consumed it as tea in France in the 19th century, calling it “Thé d’Europe”.
How to grow Veronica officinalis:
Grow Veronica officinalis in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in any type of soil, loamy, sandy, clay. Make certain the soil is well-drained. Propagate from seed. It is rabbit-resistant and deer resistant.