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Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare

Common Name(s):
Mouseear chickweed
Annuals, Herbs, Perennials

Mouseear chickweed is in the Caryophyllaceae family.  It is a cool-season annual or short-lived perennial, with distinctly hairy stems and leaves. Leaves are dark green in color, opposite and bluntly pointed. Flowers are very similar to common chickweed, white with 5 split petals. Mouseear chickweed forms dense mats and may climb into crop canopies. Plants are prolific seeders. Seedlings emerge primarily from fall through spring, but in cooler moist areas may continue to emerge throughout the summer. Well managed by most preemergence herbicides labeled for use.

This plant is also known by the Latin name Cerastium vulgatum L.

winter annual weed

NCCES plant id: 3067

Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare Habit
Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare Seedling
Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare Stem