Stellaria graminea
grass-leaf starwort
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Distribution: Introduced and abundant in eastern United States; occasional in western Washington and Idaho.

Habitat: Chiefly in lawns.

Flowers: May - July

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Spreading, glabrous perennial with 4-angled, decumbent or ascending stems up to 10 dm. long


Leaves opposite, all cauline, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, sessile, 1.5-2.5 cm. long.


Flowers many in a diffuse inflorescence, the pedicels slender, spreading, 2-4 cm. long; sepals 5, lanceolate, pointed, 3.5-5.5 mm. long, the margins membranous and hairy; petals 5, white, exceeding the sepals; styles 3, 2-4 mm. long.


Capsule ovoid, greenish-yellow, equaling the calyx.

Accepted Name:
Stellaria graminea L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 422. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Alsine graminea (L.) Britton
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Stellaria graminea in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Stellaria graminea checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Stellaria graminea atlas page.

CalPhotos: Stellaria graminea photos.

USDA Plants: Stellaria graminea information.

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