Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Veronica anagallis-aquatica L.
- Family: Figwort (Scrophulariaceae)
- Flowering: June-August
- Field Marks: The bluish (less commonly pinkish) flowers borne in axillary racemes and the broadly lanceolate to ovate sessile upper leaves distinguish this species from all other speedwells.
- Habitat: Wet areas along and in streams, wet meadows, marshes, ditches.
- Habit: Herbaceous perennial from slender rhizomes.
- Stems: Upright or ascending, up to 2 feet long, branched or unbranched, smooth or
sometimes glandular-hairy near the flowers.
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, smooth, the uppermost sessile, broadly lanceolate to ovate, up to 3 inches long, up to 1 1/4 inches wide, pointed at the tip, rounded or heart-shaped at the base, the lowermost oblanceolate to obovate, rounded or pointe
- Flowers: Many in axillary racemes, each flower up to 1/2 inch across, on a stalk 1/6-1/4 inch long.
- Sepals: 4, green, united at the base, each segment lanceolate, up to 1/4 inch long.
- Petals: 4, bluish (less commonly pinkish), united below, the lobes unequal in size.
- Stamens: 2.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Capsules up to 1/6 inch long, nearly as wide, with numerous minute seeds.
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