Brooklime Speedwell
(American Speedwell - American Brooklime)
Veronica americana
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort) Family

Plant is an erect or prostrate succulent annual or perennial (depending on location and species); hairless or may be covered with fine hairs. Brooklime is known to form dense mats or clumps. Many species are weeds and equally as many are garden species. Preferred habitat is edge of stream banks and flood plains. There are several aquatic species throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite on the stem; consisting of one whole part; toothed or smooth, no lobes; egg-shaped to lance-like. Flower stalks emerge from the axil formed by leaf and stem.

Flowers are blue, white or occasionally pale lavender; borne solitary in the leaf axil; tubular with four petals. Flowers occur in the spring, but the plant is known produce flowers well into summer.

Fruit is a capsule cupped in persistent sepals.

Several weedy species, like the annual Corn Speedwell, Thyme-leaved Speedwell with solitary flowers and Common Speedwell with sprays of flowers, are found in waste places and on roadsides.

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