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Veronica chamaedrys
Germander speedwell

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to Montana, also in eastern North America.

Habitat: Roadsides, fields, lawns, gardens, and other disturbed areas.

Flowers: May-June

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Herbaceous perennial from slender rhizomes, the stem ascending or nearly erect, 1-3 dm. tall, with spreading hairs.


Leaves opposite, ovate, sessile, 1.5 cm. long and 0.8-2 cm. wide, coarsely serrate with rounded teeth.


Inflorescence of loose racemes on long peduncles arising in the leaf axils; calyx of 4 sepals; corolla blue, 9-12 mm. wide, 4-lobed, the upper lobe the largest; pedicels 5-9 mm. long; style 3-5 mm. long; stamens 2.


Capsule 3-3.5 mm. high, broadly triangular-obcordate.

Accepted Name:
Veronica chamaedrys L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 13. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Veronica chamaedrys checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Veronica chamaedrys atlas page.

CalPhotos: Veronica chamaedrys photos.

USDA Plants: Veronica chamaedrys information.

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