American Speedwell
Veronica americana
Schwein. ex Benth.
Family: Scrophulariaceae, Figwort
Genus: Veronica

General: perennial from shallow creeping rhizomes, hairless
throughout, with erect, ascending or trailing, simple stems
10-60 cm long.
Leaves: opposite, glossy, all shortly stalked, evidently
with small saw-teeth to almost entire, lanceolate to lance-
ovate or narrowly almost triangular, or the lower more elliptic,
mostly 1.5-8 cm long, 0.6-3 cm wide, generally 2-4 times as
long as wide, or the lower a little wider.
Flowers: many in long-stalked, open, elongated clusters,
mostly 10- to 25-flowered, from upper leaf axils. Corolla 5-10
mm wide, blue or pale violet to almost white, with 4 broad
lobes and 2 spreading stamens. Style 2.5-3.5 mm long.
Flower stalks in fruit spreading, 5-14 mm long.
Flowering time: May-July.
capsule, swollen, 3 mm high and about as wide or
slightly wider, scarcely notched. Seeds numerous, 0.5 mm
long or less.

Wet places, from the lowlands to moderate elevations in the
mountains, in w.and c. parts of MT. Also from Yukon and
NWT and widespread in temperate N. America.

Edible plant: see below.
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All Veronica species are edible, raw or cooked. Usually, these small plants are eaten raw, like watercress, in salads. However, older plants become bitter, and they are best cooked. American speedwell is high in vitamin C. As with all edible wetland plants, care should be taken to avoid using plants from polluted water.

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