Lesser Chickweed - Stellaria pallida


An insignificant looking plant, it is a little paler than Common Chickweed. It is mainly prostrate and has flowers which may have very tiny white petals, but often has no petals at all. 

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Photographs required. It may be necessary to obtain a specimen for confirmation by the County Recorder.


Grows in open conditions on light, well-drained soils. It occurs on waste and cultivated ground, in gravel- and sand-pits and on tracks in conifer plantations. It is sometimes also found in lawns and on walls. Lowland.

When to see it

A spring flowering species, disappearing without much trace by mid-summer.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread but local in Southern Britain, and mainly coastal further north and in Scotland.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland, but is very insignificant and may be overlooked at times.

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

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