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Veronica americana (American speedwell)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Veronica americana

Veronica americana Schwein. ex Benth.

American speedwell, American Brooklime

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)


USDA Symbol: veam2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), SPM (W)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Jun


USA: 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 Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According 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

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium
* Available Online from Wildflower Center Store


* 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 resources

USDA: Find Veronica americana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Veronica americana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Veronica americana


Record Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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