E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Veronica filiformis Sm.
slender speedwell (threadstalk speedwell)
Plantaginaceae (Mare's-tail family)
(Previously in Scrophulariaceae)

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Distribution of Veronica filiformis
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a slender rhizome; stems numerous, slender, creeping, 10-40 cm long, mat-forming, rooting at the nodes, hairy.
Opposite, short-stalked, kidney-shaped in outline, about 0.5 cm long, slightly wider than long, blunt-toothed, squared-off at the base, hairy.
Inflorescence a terminal, open raceme of several to many stalked flowers solitary in the axils of alternate, nearly full-size leaves, the thread-like stalks 1-3 cm long, several times as long as the subtending leaves, downcurved in fruit; corollas pale lavender-blue, saucer-shaped, 10-15 mm across, irregularly 4-lobed, the lobes much longer than the short tube, the upper lobe largest, the lowest lobe narrower than the others; calyces 3-5 mm long, deeply 4-lobed, the lobes oblong; styles about 3 mm long; stamens 2.
Capsules, 3-4 mm long, plump, nearly globe-shaped, wider than long, notched at the tip, fringed with long hairs; seeds cup-shaped, about 1.5 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist grassy clearings and lawns in the lowland zone; rare in SW and SC BC; introduced from Asia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Veronica filiformis

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 1585 1585 1585
Slope Gradient (%) 55 55 55
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
350 349 350
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 0 0
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: ESSF(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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