Marsh Stitchwort - Stellaria palustris


Short to medium, greyish, creeping plant with erect, square, smooth stems. Leaves linear-lanceolate. Flowers are white and few, in a lax cluster, 12 to 18 mm, petals cleft almost to the base, and up to twice as long as the sepals.

Similar Species

other chickweeds, especially S graminea 

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Petals split ('bifid') almost to base, and longer than sepals; styles 3; stems glabrous and angled, square in section; leaves entirely glabrous.

Recording advice

The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


Wet grassy habitats, marshes and fens.

When to see it

May to July.

Life History


UK Status

Local but widespread in Britain, except in the north of Scotland.


VC55 Status

In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as rare.  It is on the local VC55 Rare Plant Register

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

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