What is this plant with tiny leaves and flowers?

Asked April 28, 2020, 8:58 PM EDT

This plant grows in the most inhospitable places in my yard in Annapolis Is it a native plant? Thanks! Ruth

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

This appears to be a variety of Speedwell (Veronica), a common spring weed. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/speedwell-veronica There are several similar creeping species which are found in MD; one or two are native, but most are not: https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewChecklist.php?genus=Veronica. You can compare foliage and flower characteristics between them if you would like to try to concretely identify it to determine its native vs. exotic status.