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Aspen Creek Tr - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Veronica anagallis-aquatica - water speedwell

Synonyms: Veronica catenata, Veronica comosa, Veronica connata, Veronica glandifera, Veronica micromeria, Veronica salina, Veronica ×lackschewitzii
Plant Form: Forb or Subshrub

Family: Scrophulariaceae

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Aspen Creek Tr
Sue Smith
Aspen Creek Tr
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Aspen Creek Tr
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Aspen Creek Tr
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Biennial or perennial
General Desc: Stems bend and root at lower nodes, grow up to 3 feet long, simple to many-branching from the base; flower clusters of light blue to lavender (light purple).
Identification notes: Leaves elliptic, opposite along the stems, clasping, lowest leaves sometimes on short stems; lateral flower heads of 30 or more irregular 4-petaled, bluish-lilac flowers emerge from upper leaf axils; seed capsules are not distinctly notched.
Height: 8 inches to 3 feet


Habitat Description: It occurs in many types of moist and wet habitat, and is semi-aquatic, often growing in shallow water.
Plant Communities: Riparian
Elevation: 1500 - 7000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Light blue, light purple, bluish-purple     Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Mar - Sep
Description: Flower clusters of 30 to 60 flowers in leaf axils. Flowers are up to 1/2 inch wide with 4 lobes, the upper lobe being the widest. Flowers are blue, lavender (light purple), or violet (bluish-purple) with purple lines near the base.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Round or oval     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Opposite     Leaves Clasp: Y
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Stems are 8 inches to 3 feet long; leaves are 1 to 3 inches long, 1/4 to 1-1/2 inches wide, mostly finely toothed, clasping bases.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Ovoid with an inconspicuous notch at the tip and a persistent style. Capsules split open to release many tiny seeds.
Seed Notes: Seeds tiny and numerous.

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