Etymology: Stellaria: from the Latin stella for "star" because of the star-like shape of the flowers or some other feature
Plants: erect to prostrate, annual/perennial, 2"-16" forb; 4 -sided stems with many branches
Leaves: opposite, triangular, upper stalkless, lower on stalks getting longer toward the base of the stem
Flowers: white, 5-parted, 1/8"-1/4" wide, petals deeply lobed, sepals longer than the petals; usually solitary, stalked, from upper leaf axils; blooms Feb.-Dec., longest period of any Wisconsin flower
Fruits: oval to oblong, very hairy capsule
Habitat: disturbed areas, meadows, woods
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = FACU USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"