The Brooklime Speedwell is quite as common as its cousin the blue Germander Speedwell, but it grows in damp places. You find it in ditches and beside slow-running streams, and the flowers are in bloom from spring to autumn.
The plant has a round juicy stem, which is hollow in the middle. It rises straight up from its muddy bed.
The flowers have four small petals which are a dull blue in colour, and are not very attractive.
In the centre of the flower there is a tiny blue ring, and to this ring are fastened the two red-headed stamens.
The seed-vessel is a small green dot with a spike at the top. It is so tiny that you can scarcely see it until the blue petals have fallen off.
Behind the flower there are four small green sepals.
The leaves of the Brooklime Speedwell are smooth and glossy. They are oval with blunt points, and the edges are waved. These leaves grow in pairs opposite each other, and have very short stalks which widen out at the foot so as to clasp the stem.
The flowers grow in loose heads on a long thin stalk, which springs from between the leaf and the stem.
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