Belongs to: figwort family

Brooklime Veronica beccabunga

Also known as: water pimpernel, horse cress, cow cress

Best time to see: May to Sep

Key facts

Low, creeping plant with spikes of blue flowers, common on the margins of ponds and streams

Throws out stout hollow stems that creep along the ground and root

Its flowers are visited by many bees and flies; its leaves are eaten by beetles


Its fleshy leaves are edible but bitter, and were formerly used as a herbal remedy

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Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Tony Gunton