Etymology: Veronicastrum: in honor of St. Veronica
Plants: erect, perennial, 3'-6' tall forb, usually with a few erect branches
Leaves: whorls of 3-6 leaves, stalked, lance-like to oblong, finely toothed
Flowers: white, 4-parted, 1/4"-1/3" long, tubular-shaped, nearly regular lobes much shorter than the tube; inflorescence with many, crowded flowers on several 2"-6" terminal, stalked, dense, slender spikes forming a large, conical cluster; blooms July-Aug.
Habitat: full sun to shade; dry, moderate moisture to wet; upland woods, prairies; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 6, Wetland Indicator = FAC Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USGS - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center: Wetland Plants and Plant Communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"