Marsh Stitchwort - Stellaria palustris

    Description

    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.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Wet grassy habitats, marshes and fens.

    When to see it

    May to July.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

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

    VC55 Status

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

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map