Greater Stitchwort (Stellaria holosea)

Greater Stitchwort is now abundant along the hedgerows, waysides and woodland edges of Dorset. Often it is found in the company of Bluebells and Red Campion making a striking red, white and blue display - very patriotic!

When young, I used to know this plant as 'Shirt Buttons', I have no idea why!

It is a member of the Campion family and the five deeply lobed petals make it similar to its relatives, the Chickweeds, but with the flowers being half an inch across it can hardly be mistaken for them.

A common flower may be, but a very attractive one as it always grows in clusters and gives a lovely fresh look to the hedgerows.

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