Common Chickweed - Stellaria media

Alternative names

Low to short, often semi prostrate plant, stems with a line of hairs that changes sides at each pair of leaves. Flowers white, 8 to 10 mm with 3 styles, petals bifid.

Similar Species

Other chickweeds, especially S neglecta, S alsine, S pallida, and Myosoton (Stellaria) aquaticum

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

5 petals, split so there appears to be 10; 3 styles; 1 line of hairs down stems between nodes; 3 - 5 (sometimes 8) stamens. 

Recording advice

Details of flowers and stems


Cultivated land, roadside verges, farmyards, etc.

Life History


UK Status

Very common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 605 of the 617 tetrads.

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

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map