Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Grass-leaved Starwort - Stellaria graminea   L.
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DistributionMostly in the Mountains, northern Piedmont, and northern Coastal Plain. Occasional in the southern Piedmont, absent from the Sandhills, rare in the southern Coastal Plain.

Native of Europe; in N.A. southeastern and maritime Canada south to SC, TN, and KS; also B.C. and MT south to CA and CO.
AbundanceFrequent to common in the Mountains and northern Piedmont; uncommon in the southern Piedmont; rare in the Coastal Plain.
HabitatMesic to moist soils of roadsides, fields, pastures, meadows, montane bogs.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-August.
IdentificationGrass-leaved Starwort reclines on other vegetation, grows 1-2 feet long (or more), and may be much-branched. The leaves are paired and well-spaced. The flowers are white, 5-12 mm across, in terminal open cymes. It is similar to S. holostea, but the petals are more deeply notched and the seeds are half as long in this species than in S. holostea.
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