Etymology: Veronica: named after Saint Veronica, the woman who gave Jesus a cloth to wipe his face while on the way to Calvary, and so named because the markings on some species supposedly resemble those on her sacred handkerchief
Plants: trailing to erect biennial/perennial, 4"-10" tall forb, smooth; roots fibrous
Leaves: all opposite, usually 1 1/2-3 times as long as wide, stalkless, mostly clasping
Flowers: light blue to white, 4-parted, 1/4"-1/3" wide, mature stalks curving backward, lobes longer than the tube; inflorescence a stalked cluster (raceme) of many flowers only from the upper leaf axils; blooms June-Oct.
Fruits: swollen capsule with many seeds
Habitat: wet; shores, shallows, ditches
Conservation Status: Native