Woodland groundcover ID?

paulns(NS zone 6a)September 20, 2005

Does anybody recognize this? It's growing in a sun-dappled forested place beside a new garden patch and I'm wondering whether we should let it stay or take it out. It carpets the ground, sending up 4-5" flower stalks with little pale purple flowers. The stems aren't square. They root where they touch the ground (stolons?) The leaves are opposite...

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bogturtle(SE NJ 7a)

I'm only guessing it is species of Veronica that I have also. It makes a nice groundcover but the flowers are not especially attractive. There are huge and increasing patches of it here, but I have left it, since it doesn't get very tall and interferes with none of my desired plants.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2005 at 10:28PM
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paulns(NS zone 6a)

Bogturtle that's what it reminds of too - veronica - but the flower shape is different and that is pretty important in ID I thought. Need to do a closer comparison. I've been searching without success on woodland + groundcover websites. It's a nice plant really but maybe invasive...

    Bookmark   September 24, 2005 at 10:36AM
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bogturtle(SE NJ 7a)

I never really bothered to get a sample from outside to compare to your photo and cannot swear that it is a Veronica even if I did the comparison. Will do further exploration by contacting New Jersey wildflower site and refer them to your photo. The plant I have is highly invasive, but so short and by the edge of the woods, I don't really care. It is nowhere among my choice plants.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2005 at 1:58AM
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paulns(NS zone 6a)

Here are more pictures...


Here is a link that might be useful: what is it

    Bookmark   October 6, 2005 at 7:15AM
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