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.

    Similar Species

    other Mouse-ear Chickweeds, and Chickweeds (Stellaria)

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Perennials, so with creeping non-flowering shoots as well as erect flowering shoots; 5 styles; petals about as long as sepals, often longer; hairy but with 0 or few glandular hairs

    Recording advice

    A general photo of the plant and a close-up of flowers, including side-on to show sepals


    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.

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

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map