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Veronica sp

Description:

Difficult with this genus, with over 500 species having all roughly the same flower... Here, I'm a bit lost: this Veronica grows some 40 cm tall, presents opposite and elongated non-dented leaves, (somewhat like Veronica alpina) and tightly packed inflorescences (nothing like V. alpina as far as I can say...) of bright-blue flowers, patterned with darker blue lines; flowers are small, about 12 to 14 mm in diameter; with three large petals somewhat triangular in shape.

Habitat:

Veronicas are common wildflowers in Europe, widespread throughout the continent and found in a variety of habitats. Here, found on pasture or grassland in hills in lowlands around Geneva lake (lac Leman), just in between Jura and Alps mountains ranges.

Notes:

Most species of the Veronica genus are comestible, and used as tea or salads; I'm finding that some taste like watercress; but I haven't tried myself yet. Some of Veronica species were also used as herbal tea for treating respiratory and cardiovascular problems, nervous systems disorders etc.

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