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Cerastium fontanum - Baumg.
                 
Common Name Chickweed, Common mouse-ear chickweed, Big chickweed
Family Caryophyllaceae
USDA hardiness 5-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist shaded situations, 1700 - 2800 metres in Srinagar[145]. A cosmopolitan weed in China, where it grows at elevations up to 4300 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade

Summary

Cerastium fontanum Chickweed, Common mouse-ear chickweed, Big chickweed


Cerastium fontanum Chickweed, Common mouse-ear chickweed, Big chickweed
   
Physical Characteristics
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Cerastium fontanum is a ANNUAL/PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from Apr to June, and the seeds ripen from May to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[177]. Leaves and young stems - cooked[105].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The subspecies C. fontanum grandiflorum is an annual, though subspecies C. fontanum vulgare is a short-lived perennial[266]. It is likely to require a moist soil in light shade.
Propagation
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Division in spring might be possible.
Other Names
Common mouse-ear chickweed, Mouse-ear chickweed, Common mouse-ear, or Starweed, Xi quan juan er.
Found In
Native to Europe but introduced elsewhere including Asia, Australia, China, Himalayas, Japan, Korea, Macquarie Island, Nepal, Pakistan, Taiwan, Tasmania, USA.
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

This plant can be weedy or invasive.
Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Cerastium arvenseField Mouse-Ear Chickweed, Field chickweed01
Cerastium furcatum 20
Cerastium holosteoidesCommon Mouse-Ear Chickweed20
Cerastium semidecandrumLittle Mouse-Ear Chickweed, Fivestamen chickweed20
Cerastium viscosumsticky chickweed21
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