Veronica americana Schwein. ex Benth.
American speedwell, American Brooklime
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: VEAM2
Erect or leaning, leafy stems have small blue flowers in several open racemes, 1 in each upper leaf axil.
Plants spread from rhizomes shallowly buried in the mud, and can quickly form dense patches in slow-moving or still water. The genus name may commemorate St. Veronica.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Jun
DistributionUSA: AK , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DE , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: NB , NL , NS , PE
Native Distribution: Throughout much of Canada and United States, south to Mexico in the West; in East absent from southeasternmost states.
Native Habitat: Wet places.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0783 Collected Feb 19, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
Bibliography* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Veronica americana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Veronica americana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Veronica americana
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff