Botanical name: Veronica officinalis
Other common names: speedwell, bird’s eye, and gypsyweed.
Rumor has it that Veronica was named in honor of St. Veronica. The name, derived from the Greek words phero (I bring) and nike (victory) and beronlike (faithful likeness).
Officinalis means that it has medical qualities as they were once used in medicine.
There are more than 500 species of Veronica, with origins mainly in Europe. Veronica flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and pollinating insects, making them eco-friendly, too.
In Ireland, a bit of the plant was pinned on the clothing to keep travelers from accidents. The origin of the name veronica dates back to the time when Jesus Christ was alive and there is a good bit of storytelling behind that. (source: Carithers.com)
One of only a handful of natural blue flowers, Veronica is often used as a filler or accent flower in floral bouquets. It is also available in shades of lavenders and white.
Veronica americana is edible and nutritious, as are most species in the genus Veronica, and is reported to have a flavor similar to watercress. Veronica americana is edible and nutritious, as are most species in the genus Veronica, and is reported to have a flavor similar to watercress. Native Americans used Veronica species as an expectorant tea to alleviate bronchial congestion associated with asthma and allergies. (source: Wikipedia)