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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map