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

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

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