Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Sticky Chickweed - Cerastium glomeratum   Thuillier
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DistributionThroughout the state; likely to be in every county, though possibly absent in the southwestern Mountains.

Native of Europe; in N.A. widespread, but absent from northern Great Plains states and provinces.
AbundanceCommon over most of the state, except rare in the southern Mountains.
HabitatRoadsides, railroad margins, yards and gardens, campuses, waste ground, fields, barnyards, vacant lots.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting February-May.
IdentificationSticky Chickweed is our most widespread and common Cerastium; it may grow to a foot and a half tall, but usually less than a foot tall. The stems are sticky, with glandular hairs, as are branches and sepals. The sepals also have long non-glandular hairs, as does C. brachypetalum, but the inflorescence is compact (vs. open in the latter species). The petals and sepals are about the same length (3-5 mm), shorter than in C. fontanum.
Taxonomic Comments
Other Common Name(s)Sticky Mouse-ear Chickweed, Clammy Chickweed
State RankSE
Global RankGNR
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B.A. SorrieGravel driveway, Whispering Pines, March 2015. MoorePhoto_non_natural
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