It took me a while to identify Alpine speedwell (Veronica wormskjoldii) when I first photographed it a few years ago because the flowers are quite small and somewhat nondescript until you get up real close.

Alpine Speedwell, Crater Lakes, James Peak Wilderness

Alpine Speedwell, Crater Lakes, James Peak Wilderness

According to Wikipedia, this plant “is edible and nutritious and is reported to have a flavor similar to watercress. Native Americans used Veronica species as an expectorant tea to alleviate bronchial congestion associated with asthma and allergies.”

Alpine Speedwell, McCullough Gulch

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