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Veronica hederifolia
ivy-leaf speedwell

Distribution: Occurring in scattered locations on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to Oregon, east to Idaho and Utah; other scattered locations in central and eastern North America.

Habitat: Waste places, disturbed soil.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Taprooted annual, the stem branched at the base and prostrate or ascending, 0.5-4 dm. long; herbage with some spreading, stiff hairs.


Leaves 0.5-2 cm. wide, wider than long, palmately veined and lobed, usually with 3-5 lobes, with a petiole no longer than the blade; lowest leaves opposite; leaves from the lowest flower upward all alternate and fully developed.


Flowers borne singly and remotely in the axils of the alternate leaves on petioles up to 1.5 cm. long, along the elongate stem; sepals 4, becoming 5-7 mm. long and deltoid-ovate with marginal hairs in fruit; corolla pale blue, rotate, 3 mm. wide, 4-lobed; style 0.6-1 mm. long; stamens 2.


Capsule 2.5-3.5 mm. high, broader than high, slightly notched.

Accepted Name:
Veronica hederifolia L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 13-14. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Veronica hederaefolia L., orthographic variant [HC]
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Veronica hederifolia checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Veronica hederifolia atlas page.

CalPhotos: Veronica hederifolia photos.

USDA Plants: Veronica hederifolia information.

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