Dormancy

    Persian Speedwell

    Veronica persica

    Persian Speedwell

    Persian speedwell (Robert Videki, Bugwood.org)

    Persian Speedwell

    Persian speedwell leaves (Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org)

    Persian Speedwell

    Persian speedwell growth habit (Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org)

    Description

    • small, low-spreading annual covered in short hairs
    • leaves are rounded with three lobes and toothed margins
    • small flowers (1/4 – 1/2 inch) have four petals and are light blue with a white center appearing lightly striped
    • fruits are heart shaped and hairy

    Location

    • gardens, lawns, cropland and open spaces

    Life Cycle

    • summer or winter annual
    • germinates primarily in early spring, but can germinate anytime through fall
    • seeds are able to germinate immediately after maturing

    IPM Recommendations

    • Hand-pull plants in planting beds prior to seed maturation.
    • Maintain healthy, competitive desirable vegetation.
    • Apply an appropriate pre-emergent herbicide prior to seed germination or apply an appropriate post-emergent herbicide directly to target weeds.