Broadleaf Weed - Creeping Speedwell

(Veronica filiformis)

Also referred to as Slender Speedwell, Creeping Veronica and Whetzel Weed, Creeping Speedwell is a vertically growing, creeping perennial that thrives in shady areas with moist soils and good fertility. Veronica filiformis can be found throughout the northeastern and northwestern United States. However, “slender speedwell” is sometimes sold in greenhouses as ground cover. This weed can quickly spread from a flowerbed or garden, meaning a neighbor can unintentionally spread this pest to your lawn in any part of the country.

Identifying Creeping Speedwell -

Creeping Speedwell can be identified by its stolons and stems, which are relatively slender and delicate, rooting at the nodes. The creeping stems create a shallow, fibrous root system. Creeping Speedwell features small leaves with scalloped margins that remain green throughout the winter months.

Another identifying feature of Creeping Speedwell are its attractive, light blue to violet flowers. These flowers are the most likely reason why this broadleaf weed is often found for sale in nurseries and greenhouses.

Creeping Speedwell Control -

Creeping Speedwell can be quite a pest and is rather difficult to control using cultural methods. Raising the mowing height can sometimes be effective, as it helps create a less competitive environment for your turfgrass.

Creeping Speedwell

Scotts LawnService recommends selective systemic weed control treatments to fight Creeping Speedwell in your lawn and landscaping. A systemic weed control program will ensure that the product will move throughout the weed, killing it completely, root and all.

Scotts LawnService is the trusted industry leader for professional quality lawn care. Our exclusive lawn care products include professionally applied systemic herbicides that are designed to control tough-to-kill weeds like Creeping Speedwell. Our lawn service teams are made up of highly trained, industry-certified professionals. Contact a representative today for Creeping Speedwell control options available in your area and to learn how you can enjoy a lush, thicker lawn that only Scotts LawnService can deliver.