Greater Stitchwort - Stellaria holostea


    Short to medium, rather straggly plant. Stems weak, square and rough. Leaves narrow, lanceolate and pointed rough at the margins. Flowers 18 to 30 mm white in lax clusters. Petals cleft at least to half way, twice as long as the sepals.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Petals much longer than sepals


    Woods, hedgerows and road verges.

    When to see it

    April to June.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Quite common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 221 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, old woodland; locally frequent 


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