Greater Chickweed - Stellaria neglecta
The leaves are often hairless and untoothed. The sepals are not fused. The petals are white, each petal is deeply cut. It is much larger in all ways than the similar Stellaria media, reaching up to 40 cm or more. All of the flowers have very long pedicels and 10 pinkish stamens.
Stellaria media can sometimes be rather similar but the two can be separated by closer examination.
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Damp, shaded places such as hedgerows, wood margins, streamsides and the borders of damp copses, on a range of soils from stiff, poorly-drained clays to damp sand and peaty alluvium.
Flowering May to September.
An annual to short-lived perennial herb.
Its strongholds seem to be in S.W. England, East Anglia and Wales.
Seems to be scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland, but possibly overlooked.
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