Cerastium arvense L.
Family: Caryophyllaceae
field chickweed,  more...
Cerastium arvense image
Steve C. Garske  
Etymology: Cerastium: from Greek keras, "a horn," referring to the shape of the seed capsule
Plants: erect, perennial, 6"-16" tall forb, branched, often matting at the base
Leaves: mostly linear, stalkless
Flowers: white with a green center, 5-parted, 1/2" wide, petals 2-lobed and 2-3 times longer than the sepals; flower drawing inflorescence a terminal, branched cluster (cyme); blooms May-Aug.
Fruits: cylindrical capsule
Habitat: disturbed sites, prairies; in gravelly, rocky, sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native
Cerastium arvense image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Cerastium arvense image
Steve C. Garske  
Cerastium arvense image
Steve C. Garske  
Cerastium arvense image
Steve C. Garske  
Cerastium arvense image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Cerastium arvense image
Cerastium arvense image
Botanical Illustration  
Cerastium arvense image
Kurt Stüber  
Cerastium arvense image
Botanical Illustration