Mouseear chickweed – Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare

Mouseear chickweed plant

Mouseear chickweed plant

Mouseear chickweed flower

Mouseear chickweed flower

Mouseear chickweed seedling

Mouseear chickweed seedling

Mouseear chickweed

Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare (Hartman) Greuter & Burdet
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

Life cycle
Patch-forming perennial.

Leaves
Opposite, dark green, oval to spatula-shaped leaves with pointed tips and smooth margins are densely hairy and stalkless.

Stems
Prostrate, spreading stems are capable of rooting at the nodes to form dense patches. Stems are slender and very finely hairy with swollen nodes.

Flowers and fruit
Small, white flowers have five petals. Each petal is notched deeply to resemble a pair of petals. Green, hairy sepals surround petals. Fruit are slightly curved, cylinder-shaped capsules that contain many tiny, brown seeds.

Reproduction
Seeds and creeping stems.

Similar weeds
Common chickweed
[Stellaria media (L.) Vill.]
Differs by having an annual habit with hairless leaves and light green foliage.