Water Chickweed - Stellaria aquatica


    Medium height, straggly plant stems stickily hairy above. Flowers white, 14 to 15 mm, the five petals cleft to the base, longer than the sepals and with 5 styles.

    Similar Species

    other Chickweeds

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    5 styles; petals longer than sepals; split almost to base ('bifid')

    Recording advice

    Close up of flowers, and general photo of plant in its habitat


    Wet habitats, water margins, marshes and wet ditches.

    When to see it

    June to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Quite frequent in England at least.

    VC55 Status

    Quite frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 200 of the 617 tetrads.

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

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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