Bog Stitchwort - Stellaria alsine

    Alternative names
    Stellaria uliginosa

    Short, bluish green creeping plant, stems spreading to ascending, square, hairless and smooth. Leaves elliptical to lanceolate, pointed unstalked (except on overwintering shoots). Flowers 5 to 7 mm, sepals longer than the deeply cleft petals.

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    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Petals split ('bifid') almost to base, styles 3; stems glabrous and angled, square in section. 

    Recording advice

    Details of flower and stem


    Damp places, wet ditches, marshes and water margins.

    When to see it

    May and June.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread throughout Britain though scarcer in the extreme South.

    VC55 Status

    Frequent but sometimes local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 289 of the 617 tetrads

    In the current checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, locally frequent

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