Lesser Stitchwort

Stellaria graminea

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About

A perennial wildflower that forms low clumps amongst grasses and bears many small white flowers.

How to identify

The flowers have long, narrow white petals alternating with long green sepals. The leaves are un-stalked and narrow. The flowers are much smaller than greater stitchwort and the stalks are smooth. The flower looks like it has ten petals but actually it has only five, which are lobed almost until the base.

Where to find it

It grow on neutral and acid soils in open woodland, meadows, grassy heathland, hedge banks and by footpaths and tracks.

Habitats

When to find it

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

How can people help

Wildflower meadows are one of the country’s fastest disappearing habitats; about 95% of wildflower meadows have been lost due to agricultural intensification. Wildflower meadows should be maintained by mowing when the seeds have set - remove the cut material to help lower soil fertility so that the wildflowers can thrive without competition from coarse grasses. Summer flowering plants should be mown in spring and then left to flower for the rest of Autumn. By volunteering with your local Wildlife Trust you'may be able to get directly involved in managing your local wildflower meadows.

Species information

Common name
Lesser Stitchwort
Latin name
Stellaria graminea
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Flower diameter 5-12mm
Conservation status
No current designation.