Wild Harris

Germander Speedwell

Germander Speedwell 1 LCampbell.jpgGermander Speedwell    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

Germander Speedwell is often found growing along the side of the road and so it is called speedwell as it speeds travellers on their way.

If you look closely at this flower, you can see the white eye in the centre of the four, blue petals.

There are two rows of hairs on the stem that stop unwelcome insects from getting to the flower. However, the plant needs flies to pollenate it. The flower has a special shape so that when flies are feeding on the nectar, the belly of the fly gets covered in pollen. When it flies away it takes the pollen with it and takes it to another speedwell flower.

by Alison Tyler