Latin name: Cerastium vulgatum

Family:  Caryophyllaceae

Common name:  mouseear chickweed

Life cycle: perennial, reproduces by seed
Habit:  low growing, mounding, 6 to 12 inches high
Foliage:  Elliptical in shape, very hairy, oppositely arranged, and sessile (without petioles).  Midrib is distinct and sunken.
Flower:  Flowers occur in clusters at the end of elongated, leafless stalks.  Flowers are white, with 5 deeply lobed petals.
Seedling:  The most remarkable characteristic mouseear chickweed seedlings are the abnormally large hairs on such small little leaves.

Look alikes: Field chickweed (Cerastium arvense)Common chickweed (Stellaria media), and scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)

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