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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Cerastium arvense L.
USDA Symbol: cear4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A plant with several stems leaning on the ground, and a white flower blooming at the end of each of the few branches of the nearly leafless flower cluster. Below the point where leaves attach the stem are downward-pointing hairs, those in flower cluster tipped with glands.
Cerastium, from the Greek keras (horn), refers to the capsule, which is tapered and, in some species, bent slightly like a cows horn. The very similar Mountain Chickweed (C. beeringianum), which grows at high elevations in Americas western mountains, has green-edged bracts in the flower cluster.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
AK , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SD , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY Canada: AB
, PE Native Distribution:
Northern Hemisphere; south in the West to northern California, northern Arizona, and southern New Mexico. Native Habitat:
Open, generally grassy areas from near the coast to high in the mountains. USDA Native Status: L48(NI), AK(N), CAN(NI),
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2010-06-01
Research By: TWC Staff