Veronica grandiflora belongs to the Scrophulariaceae (the Figwort family).
It is a perennial herb that is native to the northern Kuril Islands and North
America. This herb grows on rocks and screes, grasslands, and can reach
5-10 cm in height. The leaves are covered with white glandular hairs. The
blue flowers bloom in summer. The Japanese name "Shumshu-kuwagata" is
named after the Shumshu Island that is located in the northern Kuril Islands.