[The Speedwells of the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

Blue Speedwell, Water Speedwell, Water Pimpernel

Veronica anagallis-aquatica

Synonyms: Veronica anagallis, Veronica comosa, Veronica comosa var. glaberrima, Veronica comosa var. glandulosa, Veronica connata ssp. glaberrima, Veronica connata var. glaberrima, Veronica connata var. typica, Veronica glandifera, Veronica grandiflora, Veronica x lackschewitzii, Veronica micromeria, Veronica salina

Inflorescence of Blue Speedwell, Water Speedwell, Water Pimpernel: Veronica anagallis-aquatica (Synonyms: Veronica anagallis, Veronica connata var. glaberrima)

This photo shows a close-up of the inflorescence of water speedwell. Note the pair of twisted stamens which extend beyond the throat of the flower.

Characteristics:

 


Habitat:

Water speedwell is found along the shores of rivers, steams, and lakes, in roadside ditches, and in wet meadows. It typically inhabits water no deeper than 4 inches, and is common in slow-moving water or in shallow pools.


Range:

In the Columbia River Gorge it is found between the elevations of 0'-4000' across the whole length of the Gorge.


Blue Speedwell, Water Speedwell, Water Pimpernel: Veronica anagallis-aquatica (Synonyms: Veronica anagallis, Veronica connata var. glaberrima)

The photo above shows a close-up of water speedwell as seen on the beach at The Dalles Riverside Park....................September 29, 2007.

Blue Speedwell, Water Speedwell, Water Pimpernel: Veronica anagallis-aquatica (Synonyms: Veronica anagallis, Veronica connata var. glaberrima)

The photo above shows the upper and mid-stem leaves of water speedwell as seen in a wetland at the Dalles Riverside Park...................October 7, 2006.

Clasping leaf bases of Blue Speedwell, Water Speedwell, Water Pimpernel: Veronica anagallis-aquatica (Synonyms: Veronica anagallis, Veronica connata var. glaberrima)

The photo above show a close-up of the sessile leaf bases of water speedwell. Photographed along in wetlands at the Dalles Riverside Park................October 7, 2006.

Clasping leaf bases of Blue Speedwell, Water Speedwell, Water Pimpernel: Veronica anagallis-aquatica (Synonyms: Veronica anagallis, Veronica connata var. glaberrima)

The photo above shows a close-up of the stem leaves of water speedwell as seen on the beach at The Dalles Riverside Park....................September 29, 2007.


Blue Speedwell, Water Speedwell, Water Pimpernel: Veronica anagallis-aquatica (Synonyms: Veronica anagallis, Veronica connata var. glaberrima)

Water speedwell as seen in a moist riparian area at Horsethief Butte in the eastern Columbia River Gorge......................May 10, 2009.

Blue Speedwell, Water Speedwell, Water Pimpernel: Veronica anagallis-aquatica (Synonyms: Veronica anagallis, Veronica comosa, Veronica comosa var. glaberrima, Veronica comosa var. glandulosa, Veronica connata ssp. glaberrima, Veronica connata var. glaberrima, Veronica connata var. typica, Veronica glandifera, Veronica grandiflora, Veronica x lackschewitzii, Veronica micromeria, Veronica salina) - Blue Speedwell, Water Speedwell, Water Pimpernel: Veronica anagallis-aquatica (Synonyms: Veronica anagallis, Veronica comosa, Veronica comosa var. glaberrima, Veronica comosa var. glandulosa, Veronica connata ssp. glaberrima, Veronica connata var. glaberrima, Veronica connata var. typica, Veronica glandifera, Veronica grandiflora, Veronica x lackschewitzii, Veronica micromeria, Veronica salina)
Examples of water speedwell as seen in a drainage at the base of sheer basalt cliffs along Interstate 84 about one-half mile west of Celilo, OR..............September 27, 2011.

Blue Speedwell, Water Speedwell, Water Pimpernel: Veronica anagallis-aquatica (Synonyms: Veronica anagallis, Veronica comosa, Veronica comosa var. glaberrima, Veronica comosa var. glandulosa, Veronica connata ssp. glaberrima, Veronica connata var. glaberrima, Veronica connata var. typica, Veronica glandifera, Veronica grandiflora, Veronica x lackschewitzii, Veronica micromeria, Veronica salina)

Water speedwell blooming on moist ground along the Columbia River shoreline near the Sandy River Delta.........September 8, 2012.
Paul Slichter