Veronica cusickii A. Gray
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: VECU
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: CA , ID , MT , OR , WA
Native Distribution: Mts. of WA, n.e. OR, 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
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Veronica cusickii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Veronica cusickii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Veronica cusickii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff