Veronica persica
bird-eye speedwell, Persian speedwell
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Distribution: Widely introduced in North America, occasional in the Pacific Northwest.

Habitat: Lawns and waste ground.

Flowers: March - May

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Taprooted annual, the stems 1-4 dm. long, lax, simple or branched below, loosely ascending, often rooting at the lower nodes.

Leaves:

Principal leaves opposite, short-petiolate, the blade broadly elliptic or ovate, with rounded serrations, 1-2 cm. long and half to three-fourths as wide.

Flowers:

Flowers single on long pedicels (up to 4 cm. in fruit) along an elongate stem, each subtended by a leaf-like, alternate bract, which are reduced upward; sepals 4, prominent, often veiny; corolla blue, the lower petal usually white, 5-11 mm. wide, rotate, 4-lobed; the upper lobe the largest; style 1.5-2.5 mm. long; stamens 2.

Fruits:

Capsule 5-9 mm. wide and 3-5 mm. high, with a broad notch.

Accepted Name:
Veronica persica Poir.
Publication: Encycl. 8: 542. 1808.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Veronica persica checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Veronica persica atlas page.

CalPhotos: Veronica persica photos.

USDA Plants: Veronica persica information.

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