One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A speedwell with smooth, fleshy leaves and deep blue flowers on long stalks. It grows in wet areas, where the stems take root or float in the water.
- ‘He treated his scorbutic patients with a mixture of plant and vegetable juices made from water cress, brooklime, scurvy grass, all herbs rich in ascorbic acid.’
- ‘An attractive native speedwell, brooklime will grow profusely and happily in garden ponds.’
- ‘In and alongside the stream, a different suite of plants can be found including yellow iris, hemlock water-dropwort, lesser spearwort and brooklime.’
- ‘Various other plants which are sometimes referred to as watercress or mixed with it or treated in the same ways include brooklime, Veronica beccabunga.’
Middle English broklemok, from brook + hleomoce, the name of the plant in Old English.
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