Wild Florida Photo - Stellaria pubera

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Stellaria pubera

STAR CHICKWEED

GREAT CHICKWEED

GIANT CHICKWEED

Florida native

 

In Florida this wildflower is rare, found only in dry hammocks of Gadsden & Liberty Counties. The range extends in much of the United States east of the Mississippi, plus Louisiana, Nebraska and Minnesota.
Star chickweed flowers appear to have ten petals, but they are actually five deeply notched petals. Normally white, the flowers can sometimes be slightly greenish. An erect, but weak-stemmed perennial to 40cm (16 in.) tall. The stems are hairy and spread thinly. The mostly lanceolate leaves are opposite and up to 9cm (3.5 in.) long.

 
Stellaria pubera is a member of the Caryophyllaceae - Pink family.