common mouse-ear chickweed
Scientific NameCerastium fontanum
Other Common Names:
Erect to spreading/mat-forming and can grow up to 0.5 m tall.
Leaves are opposite, 1-2 cm long, 3-12 mm wide, without a petiole, and hairy on the upper surface and veins underneath the leaf.
Has a fibrous root system with opposite leaves that are hairy on the upper surface and on the veins underneath. Has white flowers that appear in clusters with 5 lobed petals and hairy sepals. Stems are from 5 cm to 50 cm long/tall.
Flower Seed Head
Usually appear in clusters of 3 at the end of the stem. Have 5 white petals per flower that are deeply lobed and appear as almost 10 petals and hairy sepals.
The capsule is 7-11 mm long and 2-3 mm wide and cylindrical to slightly curved.
Native of Euriasia but found throughout the U.S. expect in parts of Texas to California.
upright and nonwoody,
prostrate and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
Stem Cross Section
round or oval