Color, pale blue. Leaves, long, narrow, sessile, acute. Flowers, on slender pedicels, in racemes, single or in pairs, the panicles often bent in a zigzag fashion. 6 to 12 inches high. May to August.

Swamps and wet grounds, roadsides, and along brooks, New England to New York and westward.

Common Speedwell V. officinalis. - Color, blue. Flowers, in axillary, opposite racemes, very small, much crowded, with short pedicels. Leaves, with short petioles, opposite, oblong, serrate. Plant, softly hairy. Stem, weak, prostrate, creeping. May to August.

Dry, open woods and hills, New England southward and westward.