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