American Brooklime Veronica beccabunga in Gooch Creek Estuary

In the Metchosin Bioblitz I came across a plant which I had not seen before called American Brooklime, Veronica beccabunga.

This plant grows as an edible herbaceous perennial in a 1 Meter square patch in amongst the grasses in the estuary lagoon .  The area is only flooded  with sea water in the winter at an extreme high tide with a strong east wind blowing. Close up, it has very striking flowers. The plant was in bloom on May 24, 2014.


American brooklime


American Brooklime- [plant form]

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica
Species: V. americana