Plantaginaceae, the plantain family, formerly Scrophulariaceae, the figwort family.
Plant: Small, hairy, ascending plant, to 12", with tiny, deep blue flowers in the leaf axils. Overwintering annual.
Flowers: Deep blue, tiny,1/8", with four unequal petals, the lower one being narrower than the other three, and two stamens. Flowers without stalks, borne singly in the leaf axils.
Leaves: Alternate, with some opposite tendency, ovate to narrowly ovate, 1/4"-1/2", entire, practically sessile, and hairy.
Habitat: Lawns, fields, waste areas.
A lawn weed, introduced from Europe.
The generally pure blue, tiny, stalkless flowers distinguish this plant from other speedwells,
many of which tend to be striped.
The plant has a more erect/ascending habit than some other common lawn speedwells.
Where to find it:
Scattered park lawn boundary areas.