Botanical: Veronica peregrina
Species: V. peregrina
Common Names: Neckweed, American speedwell, Purslane speedwell and Hairy purslane speedwell
Habitat:Veronica peregrina is native to the Americas, and is known on other continents as an introduced species and a common weed. It grows on roadsides, on fields, and in other disturbed habitat.
Veronica peregrina is an annual/biennian herb growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) from a taproot. The two subspecies are defined generally on the basis of hairiness: ssp. xalapensis is coated in glandular hairs and ssp. peregrina is a hairless variety. The plant produces erect stems up to about 30 centimeters tall. The leaves vary in shape from linear to lance-shaped to spoon-shaped with smooth or serrated edges; the lower leaves are borne on petioles. The inflorescence is a loose terminal raceme of flowers and lance-shaped bracts. The flowers are generally white and 2 or 3 millimeters wide. It is in flower from April to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs). The plant is self-fertile.
Easily grown in a moderately fertile moisture retentive well drained soil. Prefers cool summers.
Seed – sow spring or late summer in situ.
The whole plant is emmenagogue and haemostatic. It promotes the knitting together of broken bones. A decoction is used in the treatment of dysmenorrhoea, fractures, haemoptysis and traumatic injuries.
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