Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
American Alpine Speedwell
Veronica wormskjoldii Roem. & J.A. Schultes
- Family: Figwort (Scrophulariaceae)
- Flowering: June-August
- Field Marks: Like most species of Veronica, this one has opposite, simple leaves, 4 blue united petals, and 2 stamens. It differs from all others in bearing terminal racemes, sepals equal in length, and stamens that do not protrude above
- Habitat: Wet meadows particularly in the high mountains.
- Habit: Perennial herb with slender rhizomes.
- Stems: Upright, usually unbranched, up to 12 inches tall, softly hairy or glandular-hairy.
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, oval to ovate, up to 1 1/4 inches long, pointed or rounded at the tip, rounded at the sessile or short-stalked base, round-toothed or without teeth, hairy.
- Flowers: Several in terminal racemes, on stalks up to 1/4 inch long, each flower up to 1/3 inch across, subtended by a small bract.
- Sepals: 4, green, united below, rounded at the tip, up to 1/6 inch long.
- Petals: 4, blue, united below.
- Stamens: 2, not protruding above the petals.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Capsules ovoid, up to 1/3 inch long, shallowly notched at the tip, bearing many minute seeds.
- Notes: This plant is sometimes known in the western states as V. nutans. The seeds may be eaten by small mammals.
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