Veronica americana American speedwell Scrophulariaceae VEAM; Q; R;

Veronica americana.Gerry Carr.New England Wild Flower

Pho5/2014).to: Veronica americana.Gerry Carr.New England Wild Flower (Accessed 4/2014).

Veronica americana is a perennial herb from rhizomes, stems to 1 m long, rather fleshy, creeping to erect, smooth. 

Leaves opposite, stalk to 1 cm long, blade to 8 cm long, 3 cm wide, lance-shaped, the lower sometimes elliptic, tip blunt, base truncate, margin toothed to almost smooth. 

Flowers blue, to 1 cm wide, corolla and calyx deeply 4-lobed; inflorescences in axils, long-stalked, unbranched, arching, with 10-15 flowers, each above a small, alternate, leaf-like bract; blooms June-Aug (Hough 1983). 

Fruit dry, a 2-parted capsule to 0.3 cm long, about as wide, above old calyx, swollen, scarcely notched at top, seeds numerous; June-Aug.. 

Wetland status: OBL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native and ne. Asian. 

Habitat: Swamps, stream banks.