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Common Mouse-ear

Cerastium fontanum

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Caryophyllaceae (Pink)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
5 white deeply notched petals. Sepals can be slightly shorter or longer than petals. Sepals and bracts with pale margins.
Fruit:
A long, brown, cylindrical, stalked, hairy capsule. Up to 1.5cm long.
Leaves:
The untoothed grey-green leaves are arranged in opposite pairs. They are unstalked, lanceolate and are covered in many white hairs.
Maximum Size:
50 centimetres tall
Other Names:
Big Chickweed, Common Mouse-ear Chickweed, Large Mouse-ear Chickweed, Starweed.
Frequency (UK):
Abundant  
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, grassland, hedgerows, lawns, meadows, sand dunes, walls, wasteland, woodland.