Cerastium glomeratum


Common Names: Sticky mouse-ear chickweed, clammy chickweed
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Carnation family


This is an annual herb growing from a slender taproot. It produces a branched, hairy stem up to 40 or 45 cm tall. The hairy leaves are up to 2 or 3 cm long and are gland-tipped. The inflorescence bears as few as 3 or as many as 50 small flowers clustered with short cymes. The flower has five hairy green sepals which are occasionally red-tipped, and five white two-lobed petals which are a few millimeters long and generally shorter than the sepals. Some flowers lack petals. The fruit is a capsule less than a cm long which is tipped with ten tiny teeth.

It is a common weed in lawns, frequently found in waste places, roadsides, and arable land. Blooms in spring.

Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: White
 
Edible Notes: The leaves and shoots are edible, raw or cooked, but have been reported to be a bit stringy and difficult to chew.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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