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Veronica anagallis-aquatica, Water Speedwell, Blue Speedwell, Brook Pimpernel, Sessile Water-Speedwell

Scientific name:  Veronica anagallis-aquatica
Common name:   Water Speedwell, Blue Speedwell, Brook Pimpernel, Sessile Water-Speedwell
Family:  Scrophulariaceae, Figwort Family
Flower color:   Pale violet-blue
Flowering:  July

Veronica anagallis-aquatica, Water Speedwell, Blue Speedwell, Brook Pimpernel, Sessile Water-Speedwell


Derivation of the botanical name:
Veronica, named for the woman who took her veil, or a linen cloth, and wiped the sweat from the face of Jesus as he was bearing his cross to Calvary, and so named because the markings on some species supposedly resemble those on her sacred handkerchief.
anagallis, (given by Dioscorides) from the Greek Anagelao, signifying 'to laugh,' from its use in treating depression.
aquatica, in water.

Veronica anagallis-aquatica, Water Speedwell, Blue Speedwell, Brook Pimpernel, Sessile Water-Speedwell


 
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