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Common Chickweed - Stellaria media


Family: Caryophyllaceae - Pink family Genus Common Name: Starwort Native Status: Introduced
Stellaria media - Common Chickweed. Common Chickweed is a non-native species which is now found in every state in the United States. It is low-growing, often found in mats of tangle plants in disturbed areas. It can be invasive.
Stellaria media

Distribution of Stellaria media in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 24 Nov 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2010-February-21Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Common Chickweed has 5 deeply notched white petals, giving it the appearance of having 10 petals. Note the 5 hairy sepals.
Stellaria media

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2010-February-21Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
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Stellaria media's pedicels and sepals are hairy.
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Stellaria media

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2010-February-21Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
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Common chickweed's leave are ovate, opposite, and on relatively long petioles, except for those near the end of the stem. The petioles are sparsely hairy. The stem has a dense line of short hairs.
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Stellaria media

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