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Cerastium arvense (Field chickweed)
Smith, R.W.

Cerastium arvense

Field chickweed

Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)

USDA Symbol: cear4

USDA Native Status:

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.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: 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 , NB , NS , 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.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

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From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Toadshade Wildflower Farm - Frenchtown, NJ

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Cerastium arvense in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cerastium arvense in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cerastium arvense


Record Modified: 2013-06-21
Research By: TWC Staff

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