Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Mouse-ear Chickweed - Cerastium fontanum   Baumgartner
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Section 6 » Order Caryophyllales » Family Caryophyllaceae
DistributionThroughout the state, although scarce in the Sandhills proper.

Native of Europe; in N.A. throughout.
AbundanceFrequent in the Mountains and Piedmont, uncommon to frequent in the Coastal Plain.
HabitatRoadsides, railroad margins, fields, campuses, yard weed, garden weed, waste places.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting February-May.
IdentificationCommon Mouse-ear Chickweed is a matted perennial, which separates it from all of our alien Cerastium, and also from C. brachypodum and C. nutans. The petals are short (5-9 mm), about the same length or a bit longer than the sepals (5-7 mm). The inflorescence is an open cyme versus compact in C. glomeratum.
Taxonomic CommentsOlder references named this as C. holosteoides var. vulgare, or just C. vulgatum.

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