Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Purslane Speedwell (Veronica peregrina)
- Family: Figwort (Scrophulariaceae)
- Flowering: April-August.
- Field Marks: This is the only speedwell in the area with white flowers.
- Habitat: Low woods, fallow fields, disturbed soil.
- Habit: Annual herb with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Erect, sometimes branched, smooth, up to 1 foot tall.
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, oblong to linear, rounded at the tip, tapering or rounded at the base, with or without a few teeth, smooth, up to 1 inch long.
- Flowers: White, borne in the axils of reduced, upper leaves.
- Sepals: 4, green, united only at the base, more or less rounded at the tip.
- Petals: 4, white, united below, less than 1/4 inch long.
- Stamens: 2, attached to the petals.
- Pistils: Ovary superior, smooth.
- Fruits: Capsules heart-shaped, flattened, smooth, up to 1/6 inch long, usually a little broader.
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