Stellaria graminea   Lesser Stitchwort CC DD N

Stellaria graminea

This stitchwort is more delicate than it's cousin the Greater Stitchwort, having narrower petals but similar grass-like leaves. It flowers in summer though, and doesn't even start to show until well after Stellaria holostea has all but finished so there is little chance of confusion. It tends to be more of a flat, damp grassland lax flowered plant than patch forming or covering sloping banks like Stellaria holostea.

Stellaria graminea is found throughout the British Isles except for the highest ground in the north. It is common on Orkney and Skye but less so on the outer Hebrides and Shetland.

Edges of rides in Newborough Forest, 18th July 2004

Added on November 19th 2004, amended February 5th 2005, updated 11th February 2012

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