Page author: David Giblin
Veronica rubra
red coraldrops, red kittentails

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to Oregon, east to Idaho and Montana.

Habitat: Open slopes and dry meadows in the lowlands and foothills.

Flowers: April-May

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies


Perennial herbs from short crowns, 2-6 dm. tall, puberulent throughout when young.


Basal leaf blades elliptic-ovate to sub-rotund, with coarse, rounded teeth, often double toothed, the blade and petiole each 4-12 cm. long; cauline leaves short-petiolate, alternate, smaller.


Flowers in a terminal spike, elongating in fruit; calyx unequally 4-lobed, surrounding the ovary; corolla wanting; stamens 2, the filaments 4-6 mm. long, dark red; stigma capitate; ovary superior.


Capsule 5-6 mm. high and broad.

Accepted Name:
Veronica rubra (Douglas ex Hook.) M.M.Mart.Ort. & Albach
Publication: Taxon 53(2): 443. 2004.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Besseya rubra (Douglas ex Hook.) Rydb. [HC]
Synthyris rubra (Douglas ex Hook.) Benth. [HC2]
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Veronica rubra checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Veronica rubra information.

E-Flora BC: Veronica rubra atlas page.

CalPhotos: Veronica rubra photos.

USDA Plants: Veronica rubra information.

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