Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Jagged Chickweed - Holosteum umbellatum   L.
Members of Caryophyllaceae:
Only member of Holosteum in NC.
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DistributionMountains and Piedmont only; absent from the Sandhills and Coastal Plain.

Native to the eastern Mediterranean region; in N.A. -- N.B. to Ont. and B.C. south to GA, OK, CA.
AbundanceUncommon to locally fairly common.
HabitatRoadsides, along creeks, alluvial soil, campus weed, diabase dike (Durham Co.).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting March-June.
IdentificationThis looks much like some species of Cerastium, but but it ranges up to a foot tall. The inflorescence is distinctive: an umbel of 3-10 very thin stalks, each terminated by a small flower. The sepals and the white petals are about the same length. In fruit, these long stalks often hang diagonally downward, giving a very distinctive look to the upper part of the plant.
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State RankSE
Global RankGNR
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