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Veronica cusickii A. Gray
USDA Symbol: VECU
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
This small speedwell can form large patches from its rhizome system. Deep violet-blue, four-petaled flowers with two conspicuous stamens crowd the upper part of the erect, 3-8 in. stalks. Leaves are opposite and oval, usually pointed upward. Small patches of erect stems with deep blue-violet, flat flowers in racemes on hair-like stalks.
This perky little wildflower is common along mountain trails. The structure of flowers and leafy stems is distinctive. In other Veronica species, some of which are weeds in lawns or ditches, the corolla varies from nearly white to clear blue.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
, WA Canada: BC Native Distribution:
Mts. of WA,
n. & c. ID
& w. MT Native Habitat:
Moist, open, rocky slopes; stream banks; meadows
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Wet Soil Description:
Moist to mesic soils. Conditions Comments:
Will not do well out of its native
high elevation habitats.
PropagationDescription: Seeds germinate well. Division is another propagation method.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FAC || FAC |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff