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Veronica americana
American brooklime, American speedwell

Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east across North America to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Ditches, slow moving streams, oxbows, and other water bodies, from low to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous, herbaceous perennial from creeping rhizomes, the simple stems ascending or sometimes erect, 1-10 dm. long.


Leaves opposite, all with short petioles, lanceolate to lance-ovate, or the lower elliptic, 1.5-8 cm. long and 0.6-3 cm. wide, serrate to nearly entire.


Inflorescence of open racemes on long peduncles arising in the leaf axils, 10-25 flowered; calyx of 4 sepals; corolla blue, rotate, 4-lobed, the upper lobe the largest, 5-19 mm. wide; style 2.5-3.5 mm. long; pedicels widely spreading, 5-14 mm. long; stamens 2.


Capsule swollen, about 3 mm. high and wide, slightly notched.

Accepted Name:
Veronica americana Schwein. ex Benth.
Publication: Prodr. 10: 468. 1846.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Veronica americana in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Veronica americana checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Veronica americana atlas page.

CalPhotos: Veronica americana photos.

USDA Plants: Veronica americana information.

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