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Veronica wormskjoldii
American alpine speedwell

Distribution: Both sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska to California, east to Montana, Colorado and New Mexico.

Habitat: Moist ground and seeps, mid- to high elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial from shallow rhizomes, the stems erect, simple, 0.7-3 dm. tall, with loosely spreading hairs.


Leaves opposite, elliptic to lanceolate or ovate, 1-4 cm. long and 0.5-2 cm. wide, entire or slightly toothed.


Flowers on short pedicels in a compact, terminal raceme, becoming more elongate, the upper subtending bracts alternate; sepals 4; corolla deep blue-violet, 6-10 mm. wide, rotate, 4-lobed, the upper lobe the largest; stamens 2, filaments 1-1.5 mm. long; style 1-3 mm. long.


Capsule 4-7 mm. high, higher than wide, broadly notched, glandular-pubescent.

Accepted Name:
Veronica wormskjoldii Roem. & Schult.
Publication: Syst. Veg. 1: 101. 1817.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Veronica wormskjoldii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Veronica wormskjoldii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Veronica wormskjoldii photos.

USDA Plants: Veronica wormskjoldii information.

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