Common Mouse-ear - Cerastium fontanum


    Low to short, slightly hairy, laxly tufted plant with short, basal non-flowering shoots. Leaves lanceolate, unstalked. Bracts mostly white edged. Flowers white, in lax clusters 6 to 10 mm petals deeply notched, equalling sepals.

    Identification difficulty

    Grassy habitats and flower meadows, shingle and sand dunes.

    When to see it

    April to November.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 598 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map