Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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

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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

 

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):
Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

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

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

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Mouse-ear, Mouse-ear Chickweed


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picture of Cerastium holosteoides var. vulgare, image of Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare

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

        

picture of Cerastium holosteoides var. vulgare, image of Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_c_fontanum_vulgare_1

April    Catawba County    NC

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

picture of Cerastium holosteoides var. vulgare, image of Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_c_fontanum_vulgare_2

April    Catawba County    NC

The stem is hairy and sticky and the sessile leaves oblong, usually under 1", per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

picture of Cerastium holosteoides var. vulgare, image of Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare

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.