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Marcus, Joseph A.
Veronica americana Schwein. ex Benth.
American speedwell, American Brooklime
USDA Symbol: VEAM2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Jun
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
, 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. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0783
Collected Feb 19, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
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Record Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff