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Star Chickweed Stellaria pubera


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Star Chickweed
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Alternate name: Great Chickweed

Family: Caryophyllaceae, Carnation view all from this family

Description The flower petals of this low-growing plant are so deeply lobed that each blossom appears to have ten petals, not five.
Habit: native annual or short-lived perennial herb; erect, branched, 4-sided stems with 2 lines of hairs, or uniformly hairy.
Height: 4-16 in (10-40 cm)
Leaf: lanceolate to elliptical, to 4 in (10 cm) long, to 1.5 in (4 cm) wide.
Flower: small, white, 5-parted, 0.3-0.5 in (8-12 mm) wide; petals divided in 2 linear lobes; in terminal cluster and held singly in leaf axils.
Fruit: capsule, ovoid to spherical, green becoming tan, to 0.2 in (5 mm) long, 6-valved.

Flower March to May.

Habitat Rich deciduous woods, alluvial bottomlands, rocky slopes, gardens, cultivated areas.

Range Native to central and eastern North America, from Illinois east to Vermont, Massachusets and Connecticut, south to Florida, west to Louisiana, and northeast to Kentucky; introduced and naturalized in Nebraska and Minnesota.

Discussion Also known as great chickweed. Endangered in Illinois and New Jersey. With its beautiful star-like flowers, this is the showiest of the many chickweeds. Its stems are of two forms: nonflowering and flowering, the former usually taller and often with larger leaves than the latter.