Procumbent Pearlwort - Sagina procumbens


    Low, hairless mat-forming plant spreading outwards from central leaf rosette, and rooting at the nodes. Leaves bristle tipped. Flowers solitary 4 parted petals minute or absent 2 to 4 mm. Fruit with spreading sepals.

    Similar Species

    other pearlworts

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Perennial, so with non-flowering shoots.  0 petals, or petals half as long as sepals

    Recording advice

    A general photo of plant in habitat


    Damp, bare and often shaded places.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 340 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, frequent


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