Veronica scutellata
grass-leaf speedwell, marsh speedwell, skullcap speedwell

Distribution: The northern two-thirds of the temperate zone in North America; also in Eurasia.

Habitat: Wet places, from the lowlands to moderate elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May - September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Usually glabrous perennial from shallow, creeping rhizomes, the stem erect to ascending, 1-4 dm. long.


Leaves all opposite, sessile, linear to lanceolate, 2-8 cm. long and 2-15 mm. wide, usually entire.


Inflorescence of open racemes on long peduncles arising from the leaf axils, each raceme 5-20 flowered, the flowers on filiform pedicels 6-17 mm. long; sepals 4; corolla bluish, 6-10 mm. wide, rotate, 4-lobed, the upper lobe the largest; style 2-4 mm. long; stamens 2.


Capsule flattened, 2.5-4 mm. high, noticeably wider than high, broadly notched.

Accepted Name:
Veronica scutellata L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 12. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Veronica scutellata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Veronica scutellata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Veronica scutellata photos.

USDA Plants: Veronica scutellata information.

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