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common name for some members of the Scrophulariaceae, a family comprising chiefly herbs and small shrubs and distributed widely over all continents. The family includes a few climbing types and some parasitic and saprophytic forms.
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Blue violet flowers in figwort family. Root and leaf tea used as astringent, blood purifier, liver, kidney, lung, asthma, expectorant, diuretic, expectorant, gout, helps heal ulcers. Bitter astringent. Used for stomach, digestion, skin problems. Wild weedy relatives are Ivyleaved speedwell (V. hererifolia), Field Speedwell (V. persica), Germander Speedwell (V. chamaedrys)
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indicates female faithfulness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 177]
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any of various temperate scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Veronica, such as V. officinalis (heath speedwell) and V. chamaedrys (germander speedwell), having small blue or pinkish white flowers
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