Latin name: Spergula arvensis

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Common name:  corn spurry

Life cycle: annual, spreading by seed

Habit: Forms irregular clumps.  Can grow in a mound up to 12 inches high and 24 inches wide.  Mostly seen growing between, around, and through other weeds.

Foliage:  Foliage is unique, making this plant easy to identify.  Foliage occurs in whorls around the stem.  Each leaf is circular in cross section, about 1 inch long, and often curved slightly towards the terminal end of the branch.

Flower:  Flowers are perfect, have 5 white petals, 10 yellow stamens, and are about 1 cm in diameter.  There are 5 sepals behind the petals which are slightly offset.

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