Veronica persica Poir.
bird's-eye speedwell (birdeye speedwell)
Plantaginaceae (Mare's-tail family)
(Previously in Scrophulariaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Bryan Kelly-McArthur     (Photo ID #74349)


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Distribution of Veronica persica
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Species Information

Annual herb from a short taproot; stems prostrate to loosely ascending, often decumbent at the base and sometimes rooting at the lower nodes, 10-40 cm long/tall, simple or branched at the base, soft-hairy.
Opposite, short-stalked, broadly egg-shaped to elliptic, 1-2.5 cm long, coarsely blunt-toothed, hairy.
Inflorescence an open, terminal, bracted, lax raceme of several to many stalked flowers, the bracts alternate, leaflike at the lower nodes, gradually reduced upward, the stalks 15-30 mm long, recurved in fruit, longer than the bracts; corollas blue, saucer-shaped, (5) 8-12 mm across, irregularly 4-lobed, the lower lobe often paler or white, narrower than the others; calyces 4-8 mm long, deeply 4-lobed, the lobes broadly lanceolate, veiny, fringed with long hairs; styles 1.5-3 mm long, longer than the lobes of the capsule; stamens 2.
Capsules, 3-5 mm long, 5-8 mm wide, flattened, broadly notched at the tip and lobed to not beyond the middle, the lobes divergent and sharply keeled, fringed with long hairs; seeds 5 to 11 per chamber, cup-shaped, cross-wrinkled, 1-2 mm long.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Moist to dry, grassy roadsides, lawns, fields and waste places in the lowland and steppe zones; infrequent in S BC; introduced from Eurasia.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Pocilla persica (Poir.) Fourr.
Veronica buxbaumii Ten., non F.W. Schmidt
Veronica persica var. aschersoniana (Lehm.) B. Boivin
Veronica persica var. corrensiana (Lehm.) B. Boivin