Mouseear Chickweed: Cerastium vulgatum
|Weed Description: A spreading, mat-forming perennial with prominently hairy prostrate stems and leaves, resembling common chickweed. Found throughout the United States except extreme portions from Texas to California.|
|Seedling: Cotyledons rounded to ovate,
green, 2-7 mm long, 0.5-2 mm wide, bearing a few hairs at base of stalk.
Leaves: Opposite, dull-green, 1-2 cm long, 3-12 mm wide, oval to elliptic, lacking a petiole (sessile), with prominent hairs on upper surface and the veins beneath.
Roots: Fibrous and shallow.
|Stems: Slender, 1.5 to 5 cm
long, with 2 rows of dense hairs, and root at the nodes when in contact with the soil.
Flowers: Usually in clusters of three at the end of stems. Flowers consist of 5 white petals that are deeply lobed, giving the appearance of 10 petals. Flowers are produced from May through October.
Fruit: Capsule that is cylindrical to slightly curved, membranous, 7-11 mm long, 2-3 mm wide, producing many seeds.
|Identifying Characteristics: Perennial growth habit with curved seed capsule. Very similar to Common Chickweed (Stellaria media), however, mouseear chickweed is densely pubescent and roots at the stem nodes.|