Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1615

Forb
Annual

Non-native: Eurasia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in SC Coastal Plain)

Look for it in lawns, fields, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite (bracts gradually smaller, upper bracteal lvs often alternate)

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Blue
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
4 sepals
4-lobed rotate corolla
2 well exserted stamens
Superior ovary
Flowers solitary in upper leaf axils (or appearing so)

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Veronica persica   FAMILY Plantaginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Veronica persica   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 166-20-005:
Veronica persica   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Bird's-eye Speedwell


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JK Marlow    jkm120112_858

January    Jackson County    NC

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JK Marlow    jkm120227_074b

February    Greenville County    SC

Flowers are solitary in the upper leaf axils, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Veronica persica

JK Marlow    jkm120227_089b

February    Greenville County    SC

Leaves are ovate with a few coarse teeth, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Veronica persica

JK Marlow    jkm120227_094b

February    Greenville County    SC

Sepals 4-7mm, lanceolate to ovate, per Jepson eFlora, University of California, Berkeley.

image of Veronica persica

JK Marlow    jkm120227_099b

February    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm120227_117b

February    Greenville County    SC

The largest-flowered (nearly 0.5") Veronica of the southern mountains, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Veronica persica

JK Marlow    jkm160227_061

February    Greenville County    SC

Two well-exserted stamens, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Veronica persica

JK Marlow    jkm160227_064

February    Greenville County    SC

image of Veronica persica

JK Marlow    jkm160227_065

February    Greenville County    SC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_veronica_persica

February        

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Gill Newberry    gn03_v_persica_fl

March        

Flowers bright blue with darker stripes and a white center, on long pedicels, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Veronica persica

JK Marlow    jkm140308_099

March    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm140308_106

March    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Note the smaller hairier Ivyleaf Speedwell in the picture's lower left.