Place of origin: Europe, Asia, northern Africa
Urban habitat: Commonly found in lawns, in disturbed sites; can thrive in full sun or partial shade.
Ecological function: Disturbance-adapted colonizer; food for wildlife, soil stabilizer.
History: Veronica chamaedrys has been used medicinally to treat skin diseases, coughs, respiratory ailments, nervous system problems and used as a blood purifier. Its leaves have been used to make a tea. It has been used in North America as an ornamental ground cover but has escaped cultivation and is found throughout large portions of the northern portions of the US and in Canada.