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Veronica peregrina
purslane speedwell

Distribution: Widely distributed throughout most of Washington; widely distributed throughout North America.

Habitat: Swales, wet meadows, stream banks, and other moist places, from the lowlands to moderate elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: April-September

Origin: Both native (var. xalapensis) and introduced (var. peregrina) varieties

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Fibrous-rooted annual, the stems erect, 0.5-3 dm. tall, simple or branched below.


Principal leaves opposite, linear-oblong to oblanceolate, 0.5-3 cm. long and 1-9 mm. wide, irregularly toothed or entire.


Inflorescence terminal, elongate, lax; bracts alternate, similar to the leaves, gradually reduced upward, each subtending a single, sub-sessile flower; sepals 4; corolla white, inconspicuous, 2 mm. wide; style very short; stamens 2.


Capsule 3-4 mm. high, obcordate.

Accepted Name:
Veronica peregrina L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 14. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. peregrina – purslane speedwell   Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to Oregon, also Great Plains to the Atlantic Coast.
var. xalapensis – purslane speedwell    Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; occurring throughout much of North America.
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Veronica peregrina checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Veronica peregrina atlas page.

CalPhotos: Veronica peregrina photos.

USDA Plants: Veronica peregrina information.

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