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Cerastium arvense
starry cerastium, field chickweed, field mouse-ear chickweed
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Both sides of the Cascades and in the Blue Mountains in Washington. Widely distributed throughout North America.

Habitat: Coastal cliffs to inland valleys, rocky hillsides, subalpine meadows.

Flowers: April-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Tufted perennial, often forming loose mats to 4 dm. broad, glabrous to glandular-pubescent, the flowering stems 5-50 cm. tall.


Leaves opposite, linear to narrowly lanceolate, 1-nerved, 1-3 cm. long; cauline leaves often with bundles of secondary leaves in their axils.


Flowers 3 to 5 or more in an open inflorescence; pedicels slender, erect, 1-3 cm. long; sepals 5, 4-6 mm. long, with stalked glands; petals 5, white, twice as long as the sepals, deeply bi-lobed-obcordate; stamens 10; styles 5.


Capsule membranous, cylindric, slightly curved, 1.5 times as long as the sepals, opening by 10 teeth.

Accepted Name:
Cerastium arvense L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 438. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
ssp. strictum – starry cerastium, field chickweed, field mouse-ear chickweed
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cerastium arvense in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Cerastium arvense checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Cerastium arvense atlas page.

CalPhotos: Cerastium arvense photos.

USDA Plants: Cerastium arvense information.

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