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Veronica peregrina
purslane speedwell

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east across North America to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Swales, wet meadows, stream banks, and other moist places, from the lowlands to moderate elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: April-September

Origin: Both native (var. xalapensis) and introduced (var. peregrina) varieties

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies


Fibrous-rooted annual, the stems erect, 0.5-3 dm. tall, simple or branched below.


Principal leaves opposite, linear-oblong to oblanceolate, 0.5-3 cm. long and 1-9 mm. wide, irregularly toothed or entire.


Inflorescence terminal, elongate, lax; bracts alternate, similar to the leaves, gradually reduced upward, each subtending a single, sub-sessile flower; sepals 4; corolla white, inconspicuous, 2 mm. wide; style very short; stamens 2.


Capsule 3-4 mm. high, obcordate.

Accepted Name:
Veronica peregrina L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 14. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Veronica peregrina in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Veronica peregrina checklist entry

OregonFlora: Veronica peregrina information

E-Flora BC: Veronica peregrina atlas page

CalPhotos: Veronica peregrina photos

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