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Cerastium alpinum

Cerastium alpinum L.

Alpine Chickweed, Alpine Mouse-ear Chickweed

Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)


USDA Symbol: CEAL12

USDA Native Status: CAN (N), GL (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 8 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Violet
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Sepals often violet tipped, petals white.


Canada: MB , NL , NT , NU , ON , QC , SK
Native Habitat: Low-arctic tundra, cliff ledges, talus, northern arctic tundra.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2020-10-28
Research By: CBR

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