Upright Chickweed - Moenchia erecta


    A very short, erect, white flowered plant with greyish glaucous leaves. 4 petals, unlike other plants in this family.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    4 petals

    Recording advice

    Close-up of flowers and general photo of plant in habitat.  


    Sandy habitats such as sandy grassland and dunes.

    When to see it

    Flowers April to June.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Occasional in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 5 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Rare, dry heath-grassland.  It is on the local VC55 Rare Plants Register

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