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Gypsy-weed - Veronica officinalis
Other Names:  Common Gypsyweed, Common Speedwell, Heath Speedwell, Gypsyweed

Non-native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA
C-value: 0

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General Description
Rhizomatous perennial. Stems often branched, basally prostrate and rooting at the nodes, terminally ascending 5–25 cm. Herbage pubescent to hirsute. Leaves short-petiolate; blades 15–40 mm long, ovate to obovate, serrulate. Inflorescence of glandular-pubescent, axillary racemes; pedicels ca. 1 mm long. Flowers: calyx 1–3 mm long; corolla light blue, 4–7 mm across; style 3–4 mm long. Capsule obtriangular, not notched, 3–5 mm long, glandular (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
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Range Comments
Introduced to eastern and northwest North America; native to Europe (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 87

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Lawns, roadsides and open to closed, usually disturbed forest; valleys, montane (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
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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.
    • 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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