Scouting for weeds: Mouseear chickweed
May 25, 2007 - Author: Steve Gower, Michigan State University Extension, Diagnostic Services
Mouseear chickweed: Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare (Hartman) Greuter & Burdet
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.