common chickweed
Stellaria pallida (Dumort.) Crépin


Stellaria pallida is an annual, low-growing herb native to Europe. Stems are decumbent, to 19.7 in. (50 cm) long with a longitudinal line of hairs.
Leaves are opposite, oval, to 0.8 in. (2 cm) long and pointed at the tip. Older leaves are petiolate.
Flowering occurs in early spring when small, white flowers develop in the leaf axils or in terminal clusters. Flowers have 5 cleft petals, therefore appearing that there are 10.
Fruits are very small and are covered by extremely hairy calyces.
Ecological Threat
Stellaria pallida occurs in shady, moist locations and can commonly threaten habitats on rocky seeps.


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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Caryophyllidae
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Stellaria
Subject: Stellaria pallida (Dumort.) Crépin

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
chickweed, nodding chickweed, stitchwort, starwort

Related Scientific Names:
Stellaria media ssp. pallida (Dumort.) Asch. & Graebn. (Synonym)
Stellaria media var. glaberrima G. Beck, sensu Fernald (Synonym)


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