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Greater Stitchwort

A common flower in spring along hedgerows and woodland edges.



  • Greater Stitchwort: the poor mans button hole

    Post date: Friday, 30 May, 2014 - 00:00

    Greater stitchwort (Stellaria holostea) is abundant along the hedgerows, waysides and woodland edges of Dorset in spring, especially from late April until the end of May. Often it is found in the company of bluebells and red campion making a striking red, white and blue display - very patriotic!

    When young, I used to know this plant as 'shirt buttons', I have no idea why. It is also familiarly known as wedding cakes and star of Bethlehem, even poor-man's button hole!

    It is a member of the campion family and the five deeply lobed petals make it similar to its relatives, the chickweeds, but with the flowers being half an inch across it can hardly be mistaken for them. A common flower may be, but a very attractive one as it always grows in clusters and gives a lovely fresh look to the hedgerows.

Common Name Greater Stitchwort
Scientific Name Stellaria holostea
Species Group Campion Family Caryophyllaceae
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Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Campion Family - Caryophyllaceae
Status very common
Flower Colour Group White
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
Preferred Environment
Look for The familiar white flowers called shirt buttons!
Additional Identification Notes
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Campion Family Caryophyllaceae