Purslane Speedwell, American Speedwell, Neckweed, Hairy Purslane Speedwell, Hairy Speedwell, Necklaceweed
Synonyms of Veronica peregrina (16) (Updated on 12-8-21 from Plants of the World Online): Veronica carnosula Lam., Veronica caroliniana Walter, Veronica chillensis Kunth, Veronica laevis Lam., Veronica marilandica Murray, Veronica maximowicziana Vorosch., Veronica pallescens Gaterau, Veronica peregrina subsp. asiatica Elenevsky, Veronica peregrina var. laurentiana Vict. & J.Rousseau, Veronica peregrina subsp. typica Pennell, Veronica peregrina subsp. xalapensis (Kunth) Pennell, Veronica peregrina var. xalapensis (Kunth) H.St.John, Veronica peruviana Willd. ex A.Dietr., Veronica romana L., Veronica sherwoodii Peck, Veronica xalapensis Kunth
Veronica peregrina L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Veronica. The genus and species were named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
As of 12-8-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 460 species in the Veronica genus. It is a member of the plant family Plantaginaceae with 105 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO.
The above distribution map for Veronica peregrina is from Plants of the World Online. Areas in green are where the species is native and purple where it has been introduced. The map on the USDA Plants Database for the United States and Canada is the same.
The map on iNaturalist shows where members have made observations. Anyone can join and it is a great website to confirm and share your observations.
THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING AND TO HELP WITH A BETTER POSITIVE ID.
Veronica peregrina is very common and grows on the farm mainly in the flower beds, the garden, around trees, and so on. It grows alongside Chickweed in the flower beds with no problem… Its cousin, Veronica persica (Bird’s Eye Speedwell), grows in the yard and is one of the first early wildflowers to start blooming. Common names for Veronica peregrina include Purslane Speedwell, American Speedwell, Neckweed, Necklaceweed, Hairy Speedwell, Hairy Purslane Speedwell, and probably others.
I apologize for not writing descriptions at the moment. I am busy updating the plant pages, adding photos I took over the summer, and adding pages for plants I identified in 2021. This is a wintertime project… I will go back later and add descriptions as I have time. There are several links at the bottom of the page written by experts that know much more than I do. Writing descriptions of the plant, flowers, stems, leaves, etc. is a lengthy process and I get behind. 🙂
I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street, and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and identified over 100 species of wildflowers (most have pages listed on the right side of the page). I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing, and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a few horticulturalists I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.
I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. Some sites may not be up-to-date but they are always a work in progress. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky.
FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
INTERNATIONAL PLANT NAMES INDEX (GENUS/SPECIES)
FLORA OF NORTH AMERICA (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
MSU-MIDWEST WEEDS AND WILDFLOWERS
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-WEED ID GUIDE
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON-BURKE HERBARIUM
PFAF (PLANTS FOR A FUTURE)
MARYLAND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT
NATIVE PLANTS OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA
NOTE: The data (figures, maps, accepted names, etc.) may not match on these websites. It depends on when and how they make updates and when their sources make updates. Some websites have hundreds and even many thousands of species to keep up with. Accepted scientific names change periodically and it can be hard to keep with as well. Some of the links may use a name that is a synonym on other sites. In my opinion, Plants of the World Online by Kew is the most reliable and up-to-date plant database and they make updates on a regular basis. I make updates “at least” once a year and when I write new pages or add new photos but I do get behind. We are all a work in progress. 🙂