Scouting for weeds: Mouseear chickweed

Mouseear chickweed: Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare (Hartman) Greuter & Burdet

Life cycle:
Patch-forming perennial.

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

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.

Seeds and creeping stems.

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