Exceedingly fragile, this nobbiest one of our Speedwells drops its tiny, white-centred, light blue flowers the instant we attempt to pick them. They have frequently been mistaken for those of the Forget-me-not by careless observers. It is common in wet ditches and swamps and along meadow brooks from April to September. The rather stout, smooth, hollow stalk is usually branched, and grows from six inches to three feet in length from perennial creeping roots or leafy shoots. The weak, sprawling stalk often takes root at the lower joints. The long, lance-shaped, light green leaves are sharply toothed, and taper toward the point. They are rounded at the base, and are set on the stalk in alternating opposite pairs, with short, broad, flat stems that clasp the stalk. Their surface is smooth, and the midrib is strongly grooved. The flowers are similar in structure to those of the Common Speedwell, but are light blue with purple stripes, and have a white spot in the centre. The two stamens and pistil are light purple. The flowers are set on slender stems which are guarded with bract-like leaflets, and are arranged in long, loose terminal spikes that spring from the angles of the leaves. They are found from Alaska to New Mexico, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific.