Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1463

Forb
Winter annual

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in disturbed areas, gardens, fields, bottomlands, moist forests, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall
White
Usually bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals
5 petals
3-5(-8) stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Stellaria media   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Stellaria media ssp. media   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 071-07-002:
Stellaria media   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

LESS THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Alsine media

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Chickweed


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_alme5_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm120112_860

January    Jackson County    NC

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JK Marlow    jkm0403n_30

March    Greenville County    SC

Upper leaves without petiole; lower leaves with sparsely hairy long petiole, per Weeds of Southern Turfgrasses.

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JK Marlow    jkm070311_005

March    Greenville County    SC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_s_media_commonchickwd

March        

Sepals usually glandular-hairy w obtuse apex, longer than or equaling petals, per Flora of North America.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_stellaria_meadia_3

March        

Three stigmas, red anthers, and 5 two-lobed petals (looking like 10 petals), per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

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JK Marlow    jkm141025_313

October    Greenville County    SC

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