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NC Native Plant Society:
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Stellaria pubera

Star Chickweed, Common Starwort, Giant Chickweed, Great Chickweed.

Scientific Name:

Stellaria pubera

Genus:

Stellaria

Species Epithet:

pubera

Common Name:

Star Chickweed, Common Starwort, Giant Chickweed, Great Chickweed.

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Bottomland forests, moist slopes, coves, hammocks. Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont, uncommon in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Blooming Plant

image

Tom Harville's garden, April 2004
© Tom Harville

Buds and Blooms

Notice how most have five petals but they are split so it looks like ten!

image

Black Mountain, April 2007
© MB Baumeister

Close-up of stamens

The Scientific Name is Stellaria pubera. You will likely hear them called Star Chickweed, Common Starwort, Giant Chickweed, Great Chickweed.. This picture shows the Close-up of stamens of Stellaria pubera

Wake County, NC, March 2002 by Hugh Partridge

Notice the hair covered stems and leaves as the specific epithet "pubera" describes

Rabun County, GA

The Scientific Name is Stellaria pubera. You will likely hear them called Star Chickweed, Common Starwort, Giant Chickweed, Great Chickweed.. This picture shows the Notice the hair covered stems and leaves as the specific epithet

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Flora of North America Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center



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