Veronica persica bird’s-eye speedwell Scrophulariaceae VEPR2*; Bx, pb;



Veronica (Accessed 5/2014).

Veronica persica is a winter annual herb, stems hairy, to 40 cm long, ascending, branched or not, sometimes rooting along lower stem. 

Leaves opposite on lower stem, to 2 cm long, 3 cm wide, short-stalked, blade broadly elliptic to egg-shaped, margin bluntly toothed to lobed, semi-evergreen. 

Flowers blue, to 1 cm wide, slightly irregular, stalks to 4 cm long, solitary in axils of small leaves, corolla 4-lobed, calix lobes to 0.8 cm strongly 3-veined; inflorescence elongate, with small, alternate leaves (bracts); blooms April-June (Hough 1983). 

Fruit capsule to 0.5 cm long 0.9 cm wide, wider than tall, bluntly heart-shaped with rounded base and divergent lobes, net veined. Seeds 5-10 per side, to almost 0.2 cm, rough-textured; fruits to Sept. (Hough 1983). 

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Asia. 

Habitat: Weed in lawns, edges and gardens.