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Bird-eye Speedwell - Veronica persica
Other Names:  Persian Speedwell, Winter Speedwell, Large-field Speedwell

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Annual. Stems prostrate to ascending, simple or branched, sometimes rooting at lower nodes, 10–30 cm. Herbage pubescent to hirsute. Leaves short-petiolate; blades 7–25 mm long, ovate, serrate to shallowly lobed. Inflorescence of solitary flowers in upper leaf axils; pedicels 10–25 mm long. Flowers: calyx 5–7 mm long; sepals ciliate; corolla blue, 8–12 mm across; style 2–3 mm long. Capsule reniform, widely and shallowly notched, 3–5 mm wide, pubescent (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Missoula County. Introduced sporadically across North America; native to Asia (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 15

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The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus vagans and Bombus pensylvanicus (Colla and Dumesh 2010).


  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Colla, S.R. and S. Dumesh. 2010. The bumble bees of southern Ontario: notes on natural history and distribution. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario 141: 39-68.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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