Veronica scutellata

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaScrophulariaceaeVeronicaVeronica scutellata


This perennial herb is found in a wide range of wetland habitats, including pond and lake margins, marshes, fens and fen-meadows, wet grassland, hillside flushes, bogs and wet heath, often on acidic soils. It occurs in both open habitats and amongst tall vegetation. 0-780 m on Cross Fell (Cumberland).



World Distribution

Eurosiberian Boreo-temperate element; also in N. America and widely naturalised outside its native range.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 9

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.4

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.3

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1129

Life form information

Height (cm): 25

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Shortly creeping and rooting at nodes

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1877

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 576

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 3

Atlas Change Index: -0.06

Weighted Changed Factor: 12

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (228d)
Atlas Supp (51a)
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Meusel H, Jäger E, Rauschert S, Weinert E
1978.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.