Jan. 8, 2020

Up close again

Of course, the very first explanation of why we do closeups is to see what things look like. This view gives us very different information than that one posted on the wildflower page. Who would have expected all those tiny glandular hairs? And here we see the shape of the calyx, the numbers and arrangements of the flower parts, and even that sometimes those flowers are less blue than in that first picture. All stuff that would have gone into that very first description of Veronica officinalis. Perhaps Veronica officinalis even deserves a little respect as a healer. It turns out Veronica tea does help sooth and heal our stomach linings.