Common Mouse-ear - Cerastium fontanum

Description

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

Habitat

Grassy habitats and flower meadows, shingle and sand dunes.

When to see it

April to November.

Life History

Perennial.

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

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

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