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Water Speedwell

Veronica anagallis-aquatica

Photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed in Hassayampa Box Canyon, Yavapai Co., Arizona. April 2008.

HERBACEOUS PERENNIAL: Plants usually survive several seasons so long as intervening droughts are not too severe. Succulent above ground portions rarely exceed 50 cm in height. Several ascending branches.

FLOWERS: Blue-violet flowers are are nearly radially symmetrical. Spikes branch out from leaf axils often with many flowers open at once.

RANGE: Grows in moist sand and fine gravel along riparian channels in Sycamore Woodlands. Blooming occurs mid spring through autumn. Generally distributed and common in most of Arizona's riparian habitats. Native to Eurasia and naturalized through much of North America.

LEAVES: Leaves are elyptic and variously toothed or smooth along margins. The bases more-or-less clasp the stem and are opposite.

FRUIT: Capsules are flattened and contain a number of seeds.


Scrophulariaceae -- Figwort Family

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