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Corn Spurrey

Spergula arvensis

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Caryophyllaceae (Pink)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
5 tiny white unnotched petals, 5 styles. Flowers in leafless clusters with stems forked.
Fruit:
Green, smooth, egg-shaped and long capsules. The seeds are blackish and glossy.
Leaves:
The whorled leaves are thread-like, stalkless and furrowed beneath. They are greyish in colour. The stipules fall off early on in the season.
Maximum Size:
40cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves can be eaten, and the seeds when cooked.
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.
Aroma:
Flowers are fragrant.
Other Names:
Beggarweed, Bottlebrush, Corn Spurry, Cowquake, Devil's Gut, Dodder, Farmer's Ruin, Field Spurrey, Franke, Fraud Flax, Granyagh, Lousy Grass, Make-beo-oar, Mountain Flax, Pick-pocket, Pickpurse, Pine Chest, Poverty Weed, Sandweed, Starwort, Stickwort, Surrey, Toadflax, Yarr, Yarrel.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, grassland, meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, rocks, wasteland.