Veronica persica Poir.

Creeping Speedwell

Encycl. 8: 542 (1808) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Sprawling to erect annual; stems to c. 30 cm long, pilose or with scattered long, soft hairs. Leaves broad-ovate to elliptic, 4–22 mm long, 3–23 mm wide, apex obtuse to rounded, base cuneate or subcordate, margins coarsely toothed, pilose; petiole to 5(–10) mm long. Flowers solitary in axils of leaf-like bracts; pedicels often recurved, 20–40 mm long in fruit. Calyx-lobes 5–9 mm long, 2.5–3 mm wide in fruit, ciliate; corolla 2–6 mm long, blue or bluish-white. Capsule oblong, 4–5 mm long, 5.5–10 mm wide, emarginate, prominently veined, margin ciliate; style 1.8–3 mm long. Flowers winter and spring.

*Brid, *CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Naturalised all States except NT. Native to south-west Asia. A widespread weed in pasture, crops, roadsides, disturbed sites, stockyards and gardens.

Source: Briggs, B.G.; Barker, W.R. (1999). Veronica. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-10-25
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Veronica
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Veronica persica in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Veronica persica in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present introduced
Bridgewater present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present introduced
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory