Spergula arvensis
corn spurry
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Distribution: Introduced in much of the United States; mostly west of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon

Habitat: Weed of waste ground, usually at lower elevations

Flowers: March - October

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glandular-pubescent annual, the several stems ascending to erect, up to 6 dm. long.


Leaves several in widely-spaced whorls, narrowly linear, 1.5-4 cm. long and less that 1 mm. wide, light to dark green.


Flowers on long, slender pedicels in an open, terminal inflorescence; sepals 5, distinct, ovate, 2-3.5 mm. long; petals 5, white, equaling the sepals; stamens 10; styles 5, stigmas linear; ovary 1-celled.


Capsule opening at the tip by 5 valves opposite the sepals.

Accepted Name:
Spergula arvensis L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 440. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Spergula arvense L. var. sativa (Boenn.) Rchb. [FMR]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Spergula arvensis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Spergula arvensis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Spergula arvensis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Spergula arvensis photos.

USDA Plants: Spergula arvensis information.

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