Despite the diminuitive size of each flower the vivid blue of the Germander Speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys, is a striking sight when growing in large clumps.
Other common names include Bird's Eye and Cat's Eye.
Traditionally viewed as a good luck charm for travellers, Speedwell is so named as it is meant to 'speed' you on your way. The belief possibly stems from the fact the plant is often found growing alongside footpaths, roadsides and grass verges. The plant also spreads quickly from undergroud runners. Another likely source for the name may be from its historical use in medicinal remedies
The flowers appear from April to June.