Please reload CAPTCHA. Villars) — also called starweed, satin flower, or mouse-ear — is a common weed in the carnation family. I absolutely love your photos pointing out the uniqueness between the chickweeds. Linda, I’ve sent you an email message. It thickly covers an area. Your presentation was superb! Also, check out this website filled with resources to help you with identifying your plant. Each small white line is a style — three for Common chickweed (on the left) and five for Mouse-ear chickweed (on the right). Perhaps they are chickweed…just not common! The leaves are differently-shaped. You can also see the leaves are opposite with pinnate venation. This post included two types of chickweed — Common and Star. Let’s take a very close look at an open flower of Common chickweed: Notice the yellow pollen grains on most of the anthers, the single pistil with its intricately topped style, and the hairy sepals supporting each petal. Thanks for your time and efforts, continue in good health. There are many other varieties such as: Ageratum conyzoides – Chickweed. notice.style.display = "block"; The leaf margin remains entire. (function( timeout ) { Holosteum – Jagged chickweed. Before it dies, each plant produces thousands of seeds that will germinate later that summer. The leaf also gets a bit more interesting in its overall shape. Now for some differences. What are the different types of chickweed. Both have leaves arranged oppositely along the stem. }, Confidently master the skill of correct plant identification. +  Lastly, here’s more useful information about Common chickweed and its relatives.  =  Thank you so much for this utterly clear explanation. Next is a patch of Mouse-ear chickweed (Cerastium fontanum). Here’s a Star chickweed flower just beginning to open. Notice the shape of the leaves — as well as the petioles. Required fields are marked *. Your email address will not be published. Common chickweed (Stellaria media) is “common” throughout significant portions of the world. If you study the above image carefully, you will notice the line of hairs changes position along the stalk at each node. Star chickweed, or stellaria pubera, is a less … Here it is :-). While the flowers are similar, mouse-ear chickweed (Cerastium fontanum) is easily distinguished by its fuzzy leaves and stems, whereas common chickweed (the variety discussed below) has hairless leaves and a single row of hairs along the stems. ); if ( notice ) The stems of Common chickweed have a line of hairs between each node while the stems of Mouse-ear chickweed are hairy all over. }, the leaves are light to mid green about 25 mm long and 15 mm wide they are oval but with a point, they also have four veins spreading from the stem of the leaf.  +  Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. . It is helping me to order the exact seeds I want. It grows rapidly to about a foot in high then it falls over and self layers with roots coming out of the stems. thank you for all the work that went into this. (function( timeout ) { You can see the anthers (dark spots) peeking out and rising above the white petals. mouse-ear chickweed. This is easiest to demonstrate with a young plant vs. a mature plant. Thanks again. .hide-if-no-js { It has five deeply cleft petals (not ten), stamens, and a single ovary with three fine white styles arising from the center. I live in Clarkston GA. There should be no doubt in identification after viewing your site. This is a patch of Common chickweed (Stellaria media). This shows developing flower buds in two stages, a flower beginning to open, and a fully opened flower. Your email address will not be published. Ive gotten so used to foraging for it that I’m going to seed my garden with it to get it started. }, This younger plant’s stalk demonstrates the hairs growing in a line along the stem and up the petioles. I recently stumbled upon your (2012) post about Stellaria Media and Cerastium differences. It begins to grow its flower buds at the end of each stalk. I now feel confident that I can identify both kinds of chickweed. Mature Stellaria media plant Chickweed is sometimes used as a common name for several other plants, many of which are relatives of Stellaria media in the family Caryophyllaceae : and we can see the sepals are as long as — and even a tiny bit longer than — the petals of Common chickweed’s flower. Classifying Other Chickweeds Identify star chickweed. Please reload CAPTCHA. display: none !important; })(120000); The flowers have two distinguishing differences. Time limit is exhausted. The flowers are about 4mm wide circular with 5 white petals spaced out around the edge of a yellow center . Study the flower carefully. Please help me to identify the plants. However, Star chickweed’s leaves are lanceolate — quite different from the shape of Common chickweed’s leaves. Chickweeds in the Stellaria genus have three styles — as in Common chickweed (Stellaria media). The five petals of Common chickweed are deeply divided — so much so that it looks like ten petals. It’s like the hairs spiral up the length of the stalk. This edible plant is multi-functional since its presence decreases insect damage to other plants. .hide-if-no-js { Anyone have any idea of the plant I’m feeding my birds? If you pull on Star chickweed’s stalk, the outer covering is much stiffer than with Common chickweed. I don’t see one having 5 and the other having 3. var notice = document.getElementById("cptch_time_limit_notice_45"); Both have the same low-to-the-ground and spreading overall shape. The buds are covered with fine hairs. seven I thought they might be common chickweed, but your very detailed pictures show me that they are not. Chickweed is a common name most often applied to the plant species Stellaria media. . I am striving to identify wild edible plants that my neighbors from Thailand often come in our common area to forage. The two photos on the left of this composite image are Common chickweed ( Stellaria media) while the two on the right are Star chickweed ( Stellaria pubera ). Hi, Im having a hard time identifying the styles is the pic.