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Mouse-ear Chickweed

Cerastium vulgatum Baumg.

  • Image: broadleaf Plantain
  • Image: broadleaf Plantain
  • Image: broadleaf Plantain

Found in:

  • Lawns and landscape beds
  • Grows in cool moist soils in sun and shade


  • Low growing perennial; often forms a dense mat in lawns
  • Can grow to 1’ in height in landscape beds
  • Remains green year round
  • Stems and leaves are covered with tiny hairs
  • Leaves are oval with smooth edges, arise in pairs (opposite one another) along stem
  • Small, white flowers at the end of the stems have 5 deeply lobed petals appearing like 10 separate flower petals
  • Spreads by rooting at the stem nodes (joints) and by seed

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