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.

Similar Species

Stellaria media can sometimes be rather similar but the two can be separated by closer examination.

Identification difficulty
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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.

When to see it

Flowering May to September.

Life History

An annual to short-lived perennial herb.

UK Status

Its strongholds seem to be in S.W. England, East Anglia and Wales.

VC55 Status

Seems to be scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland, but possibly overlooked.

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

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