OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 071-08-001:
Cerastium holosteoides var. vulgare   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Cerastium vulgatum

 

COMMON NAME:
Mouse-ear Chickweed


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image of Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare, Mouse-ear Chickweed

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cevu_001_lvd

        

image of Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare, Mouse-ear Chickweed

JK Marlow    jkm220315_6114

March    Greenville County    SC

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

Leaves sessile, oval to elliptical (lower usually spoon-shaped), 1" long or less, densely hairy, per Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast.

image of Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare, Mouse-ear Chickweed

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_c_fontanum_vulgare_1

April    Catawba County    NC

Matted at the base and rooting at the nodes, per Weakley's Flora (2012).

image of Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare, Mouse-ear Chickweed

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_c_fontanum_vulgare_2

April    Catawba County    NC

image of Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare, Mouse-ear Chickweed

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_c_fontanum_vulgare_3

May    Catawba County    NC

Flowers 1/4" wide, the petals cleft and about equaling the sepals, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 071-08-001:
Cerastium holosteoides var. vulgare   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Cerastium vulgatum

 

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303

Forb
Perennial

Non-native: Europe

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in fields, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

map
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full sun

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Usually bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals
5 petals
5 or 10 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Yellow
Capsule

 

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