Gypsyweed is native to Europe and Western Asia, but widely present along the North American coastal area. It is a creeping plant regarded as a weed because it often contaminates alfalfa seed. It is a hairy broadleaf that grows only a few inches high and sends up flower spikes which originate where the leaf and the stem fork. The flowers are small--smaller than a pencil eraser. It is part of the speedwell genus and the figwort family.
Extracts from the leaves are believed to be anti-inflammatory agents and sold as herbal cures for sinus and ear infections.