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Greater Stitchwort

Stellaria hollostea

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, green bracts. The largest flowering Stitchwort in the UK with flowers up to 3cm across.
Fruit:
Pale green, stalked, cylindrical, pointed capsule. 6 valves.
Leaves:
Narrow, linear but pointed, greyish leaves. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs. They are hairless and stalkless. Not toothed.
Maximum Size:
50cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves and stems can be eaten while young.
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:
Adder's Meat, Daddy's Shirt Buttons, Fairy Flax, Poor Man's Buttonhole, Popguns, Satin Flower, Snapdragon, Star-of-Bethlehem, Wedding Cakes.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, hedgerows, parkland, roadsides, scrub, wasteland, woodland.