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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map