Three-nerved Sandwort - Moehringia trinervia


Low to short, rather straggling plant, shoots hairy, leaves oval, 3 to 5 veined the lower ones stalked. Flowers white 4 to 7 mm, solitary, or several on slender hairy stalks, five parted. Petals are not split ('bifid') or notched, and about half the length of the hairy-margined sepals.

Similar Species

Sandworts (Arenaria); Chickweeds and Mouse-ear Chickweed

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Flowers similar to Arenaria.  Leaves have 3-5 distinct veins instead of one central vein.  In shady places, not open dry habitats

Recording advice

A general photo of the plant, plus a close-up showing leaves 


Woods and other shady habitats, occasionally in more open places.

When to see it

May and June.

Life History

Annual plant sometimes overwintering.

UK Status

Found fairly frequently throughout Britain, though scarce in the extreme north.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 426 of the 617 tetrads.

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


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

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