Veronica americana (American Speedwell) - photos and description

Veronica americana

Veronica americana

Veronica americana
15 cm ruler for scale

Veronica americana

Veronica americana

General: Plants decumbent rooting at the nodes, and have a branching growth habit. Stems usually red at their base. Plants glabrous.

Flowers: In racemes from leaf axils, pale blue to pale violet, we measured a flower at 15 mm in diameter.

Leaves: Leaves opposite, lanceolate to ovate, all leaves with petioles, we measured leaves to 6 cm long and 3 cm wide. Leaves entire or with very small teeth.

Height: Budd's Flora lists stems to 50 cm long, we measured plants to 36 cm tall.

Habitat: Edges of streams and springs in the boreal forest, and the Cypress Hills.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Took the above photo on June 21st edge of a small brook, in the Cypress Hills, 450 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.