Veronica peregrina L.
Family: Plantaginaceae
neck-weed, purslane speedwell
Veronica peregrina image
David G. Smith  
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: erect, annual, 1"-12" tall forb, simple or branching near the bottom
Leaves: opposite except alternate in the inflorescence, 3-10 times as long as wide, either entire or with irregular teeth
Flowers: cream, 4-parted, less than 1/8" wide, mostly stalkless, lobes longer than the tube; inflorescence a long, terminal, leafy cluster with one flower in each axil; blooms May-Aug.
Fruits: notched capsule
Habitat: moist; disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Native