A True Identification Challenge

Blue Lawn weed
Blue Lawn weed

This is a very common, very early and very small  lawn weed/flower–one that I have never keyed out nor do I think I’ve every had anyone tell me what it is.   My point is that I actually don’t know what this common plant so I’m looking for help–but I’ll need convincing.  What is the name of this early harbinger of spring?  And what are the key identifying characters that lead you to that decision?  Here’s another view.

Second view
Second view

I feel I’m being a bit lazy by using the “ask the web community” strategy instead of just keying it out myself but thought you might like the challenge.

Too late—I couldn’t take it anymore.  I had to look this plant up and sure enough I had keyed this out years ago–just forgot.  At any rate the challenge is still on and now I can verify any entries.



4 thoughts on “A True Identification Challenge”

  1. Scott is right about it being a speedwell (Veronica)–just not the corn speedwell.

  2. This is NOT KYLEE, but rather KYLEE’S HUSBAND. I am going to venture a guess that this specimen is Corn Speedwell, based on the hairy, lobed leaves and the coloration of the petals. Also, according to the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Wildflowers, this plant is a common weed in lawns and blooms in March.

  3. This is KYLEE again, I am retracting my original guess~ the leaves are not the same…I’ll keep trying. 🙂

  4. This is actually KYLEE, but I’m on Scott’s computer. Is it Small Bluets?

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