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Stellaria media

Description

This cool-season annual plant is sometimes considered a weed.  It has a light green, round with a pointy tip, opposite leaves and star-shaped white flowers with five petals that are divided so it looks like ten.  It is edible and is also a food source for poultry. Seeds germinate in late fall to winter forming dense green mats. It sets flowers and seeds at the same time and can spread rapidly.  It can be confused with other plants that look similar but is distinguished by having hairs on only one side of the stem and hairs on the sepals. It can grow in partial shade to full sun.  Birds relish this plant and it is a host plant for many butterfly and moth species.

This plant may be seen in the lawn, and it attracts butterflies and songbirds.

It is well managed by preemergence herbicides labeled for use.

The leaves and seeds are edible, raw in a salad or lightly cooked.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#songbirds#low growing#white flowers#weed#edible weed#wildlife plant#winter interest#weeds#winter annual weed#edible seeds#edible leaves
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#songbirds#low growing#white flowers#weed#edible weed#wildlife plant#winter interest#weeds#winter annual weed#edible seeds#edible leaves
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Stellaria
    Species:
    media
    Family:
    Caryophyllaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies and songbirds.
    Edibility:
    The leaves and seeds are edible, raw in a salad or lightly cooked.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Edible
    Weed
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Problems:
    Weedy