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Cerastium arcticum

Cerastium arcticum Lange

Arctic Mouse-ear Chickweed, Black Mouse-ear Chickweed, Mouse-ear Chickweed

Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

Synonym(s): Cerastium alpinum var. uniflorum, Cerastium arcticum ssp. hyperboreum, Cerastium arcticum ssp. procerum, Cerastium arcticum var. procerum, Cerastium arcticum var. vestitum, Cerastium hyperboreum, Cerastium nigrescens ssp. arcticum

USDA Symbol: CEAR16

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 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

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


Canada: MB , NL , NU , QC
Native Habitat: Arctic tundra and solifluction areas, talus slopes, beaches, coastal grassland and seepage areas, exposed rocky headlands.

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


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

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