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Common Mouse-ear

Cerastium fontanum

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Caryophyllaceae (Pink)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
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:
50cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves and young shoots are edible.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Big Chickweed, Common Mouse-ear Chickweed, Large Mouse-ear Chickweed, Starweed.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, grassland, hedgerows, lawns, meadows, sand dunes, walls, wasteland, woodland.