Stellaria media (L.) Vill., Hist. Pl. Dauphiné 3: 615 1789. (Syn: Alsine apetala Kit. ex Nyman; Alsine avicularum Lam.; Alsine barbata Stokes; Alsine bipartita Gilib. [Invalid]; Alsine brachypetala Opiz; Alsine elongata Jord. & Fourr.; Alsine glabella Jord. & Fourr.; Alsine glabella Jord. & Fourr.; Alsine gussonii Jord. & Fourr.; Alsine media L.; Alsine media (L.) Druce [Illegitimate]; Alsine media var. transiens (Bég.) Tzvelev; Alsine repens Vell.; Alsine vulgaris Moench; Alsinella wallichiana Sw.; Arenaria vulgaris Bernh.; Holosteum alsine Sw. (Unresolved); Stellaria apetala Ucria ex Roem.; Stellaria media (L.) J.C. Sowerby & Sm.; Stellaria media (L.) Cirillo …; Stellaria vulgaris Raunk.;       Stellaria glabra Raunk.; Stellaria hiemalis Raunk.; Stellaria media f. malachioides Macloskie; Stellaria media var. normalis Speg.; Stellaria monogyna D. Don);
stell-AR-ee-uh — stars, star-likeDave’s Botanary
MEED-ee-uh — average, middleDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: adder’s mouth, chick wittles, chickweed, passerina, satin-flower, starweed, starwort, stitchwort • Finnish: pihatähtimö, vesiheinä • French: morgéline, mouron des oiseaux, stellaire intermédiaire • German: sternmiere, vogelmiere • Hindi: बुच बुचा buch-bucha • Japanese: hakobe, kohakobe • Manipuri: যেৰুম কৈৰুম yerum keirum • Portuguese (in Brazil): alsine, esparguta, mastruço-do-brejo, morrião-branco, morrião-de-inverno, morrião-dos-passarinhos • Portuguese: morugem • Spanish: bocado de gallina, borrisol, morrons, pamplina, pararera, picagallina, quilloi quilloi, revola, yerba gallinera • Swedish: natagräs, våtnarv ;
Annual, semi-erect herb. Stem trailing along the ground. Leaves petioled, opposite, ovate, acute, 1.5-10 cm, thin, glabrous, lower leaves long-stalked. Flowerswhite, nearly 1 cm in diameter, in leafy, axillary or terminal clusters. Sepals 4 or 5, enlarged in fruit, sticky, lanceolate, free to the base. Petals as many as sepals, deeply bilobed. Stamens 3-10. Styles 3. Capsule ovoid. Seedsmany, brown, rough. 
Native to: Europe, n Africa, temperate Asia; widely naturalized 
Myosoton aquaticum (L.) Moench (=Stellaria aquatica (L.) Scop. can be easily overlooked among the population of Stellaria media (L.) Villars, as both have minute white flowers with 5 deeply bipartite petals. To distinguish them one needs a hand lens to count styles; 3 in S. media and 5 in M. aquaticum. Additionally, capsules are 6-valved with entire apices in S. media but M.aquaticum has 5 valves in capsule with lobes bifid at apices. Capsules are broader and larger in M. aquaticum but with smaller seeds.
Appears to be Stellaria aquatica as per keys & images herein


Al041712:  Another one of those tiny flowers from Chamera Dam for id…
Location Kalatope, Chamba
Altitude 1200 mts
Habit Herb
Habitat wild
Height 12 inches
Season April

This looks like Stellaria media, a common sight here, this is a nearby guess, the flowers in Stellaria are tiny, with white, bilobed petals…. look for opened flowers nearby to confirm the identity…–

Yes Stellaria media

Thank you … maybe the season for this flowering was finished at that altitude… as with Roylea cinerea, which was also at the same place… however I did check Stellaria at higher altitudes and of course my ignorance shines through… it is as you said… 🙁 A LOT to learn and remember as yet…


Requesting id 28042012 ASP 02 J & K:


Requesting id 28042012 ASP 03 J & K:  Here is photos of flowering plant from Srinagar, J & K, photographed during third week of March. Requesting id.


Requesting id 28042012 ASP 03 J & K:


plant id please…place-ambala cantt…habitat-garden: Please help me to identify this flower..
Place-Ambala Cantt
Height-About 5 cm

This is Stellaria media, Caryophyllaceae a very common weed of the wet places.

Yes Stellaria media


Stellaria media from Panipat: This one is another common winter weed (Chickweed) from Caryophyllaceae, photographed from I.B. College Panipat, in January 2012
Stellaria media (Linn.) Vill., Hist. Pl. Dauph. 3: 615, 1789; Alsine media Linn., Sp. Pl. 272.                                     Annual, semi-erect herb. Stem trailing along the ground. Leaves petioled, opposite, ovate, acute, 1.5-10 cm, thin, glabrous, lower leaves long-stalked. Flowers white, nearly 1 cm in diameter, in leafy, axillary or terminal clusters. Sepals 4 or 5, enlarged in fruit, sticky, lanceolate, free to the base. Petals as many as sepals, deeply bilobed. Stamens 3-10. Styles 3. Capsule ovoid. Seedsmany, brown, rough.

Nice pictures with detailed description. Thanks for sharing the same. Would you please upload a picture showing the habit of the plant, if you have one.

Yes … Another very common weed.

ID please.
Habit: … small erect herb, guessing it to be about 50 – 70 cm high; flower about 5 – 7 mm across
Habitat: … garden of a holiday resort
Altitude: … about 7300 ft asl

at Ooty on 17 NOV 11

Stellaria media I hope

Very good close ups …

Thank you very much …


Caryophyllaceae Week: Stellaria media from Panipat:  This was shot from my college campus in March 2012…Stellaria media

Yes … Very good photographs

yes. very nice. chick weed.
learnt in some of my weekend herbal ID classes esp with Ms Susun Weed that it has cooling and antibacterial properties… I have used it as poultices for superficial cutaneous boils and even acne… her books list many other uses…


Caryophyllaceae Week: Stellaria media from Delhi & Kashmir:  Stellaria media, the common weed of gardens and shaded places.

Photographed from Delhi and Kashmir.


Flora from Srinagar 22072013 CS1 :  Attachments (3). 4 posts by 3 authors.

A small weed with white flowers growing on roadsides in Srinagar

Stellaria media

Looks like some Chickweed.. Could this be Stellaria media ..

Thank you … and … for the ID. The wiki page link


Requesting ID/ABDEC18 : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2).
This ground hugging herb like plant is common here too. Please help in identifying it.

Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP

6 December 2014

Within a couple of weeks it will start producing tiny white flowers. If so it is Stellaria media (Caryophyllaceae).

You are absolutely correct in identifying the plant as Stellaria media

Stellaria mediaChickweed, Badyalu ghasBefore flowering, the herb is used as a delicious vegetable sag.


Herb?/ABMAR07 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)

If I am not mistaken this plant is the same I posted in December (ABDEC18). Please advise.

Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP

4 March 2015

Yes you are right …, identified by …

chick weed

Yellow flowers/ABMAR37 : 3 posts by 3 authors.
There was much today that was new to me and these yellow flowers were also next to a leaking water supply. Please advise.
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
1800m approx.

31 March 2015

2816 is Stellaria media (Caryophyllaceae).
2819 is a Brassicaceae member. Some Brassica species.
What I mean to say- two photographs of two different species.

agree with …


Stellaria media ABMAR01/06 : 5 posts by 3 authors. 5 images.
This low herbaceous plant is quite common now-a-days. I do not know if locals use it as food but I believe it is quite nutritious. Here are some photographs.
Stellaria mediaChickweed
Mcleodganj and above, 1750m

29 Feb, 03 March 2016

great food in spring as salad. by the way nice pics

Seeing the pictures through your lens is an altogether different experience.


Weed For ID : Srinagar : 20JUN16 : AK-33 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Weed with tiny white flowers seen on 24th Apr.

Pl. post close up of the flower also.

Stellaria media.

Your sharp eyes could identify the tiny flowers. Amazing!


Herb from Ooty for id 160211MK3: Please help to id this trailing herb. Photographed on a private garden floor at Ooty, Nilgiris.
Date/Time- 24-01-2011 / 11:10 AM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPca.2200asl; Ooty, TN
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- garden floor
Plant Habit-herb
Height/Length- 15 cm long
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- ca.3 x 2 cm;
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- c. 0.3 cm across

Arenaria was my first reaction also, but the basic difference between Arenaria and Stellaria is that the petals of Arenaria are entire (and one would see only 5), and deeply bi-lobed in Stellaria (giving the appearance of 10). One can clearly see 8-10 in your photographs.

– Now I could confirm this plant with deeply lobed petals as Stellaria media (L.) Vill. of Caryophyllaceae.



Caryophyllaceae Week: Stellaria media (L.) Vill.: Name: Stellaria media (L.) Vill.

Family: Caryophyllaceae
English name: Star Chickweed, Common Chickweed
Date taken: 24 Jan 2011
Location: a private garden in Ooty, Nilgiris, TN
Altitude: 2200 m asl


SK1836 07 April 2019 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (10)- around 650 kb each.

Location: Gyaneswor, Kathmandu
Date: 9 March 2019
Elevation: 1300 m.

Habit : Wild
Stellaria media (L.) Vill. ??

likely, yes

Yes, right..



Andaman islandMarch’09?; Great Himalayan National Park on 12th May, 2009; at ‘Aru’ ‘अडू’, Lidder Vally लिडर व्‍हॅली, Jammu & Kashmir- 05th August 2009; 8th Nov./ 10:00AM- near a river bed at the outskirts of Aizawl, Mizoram;  Small white flower(Samir Takaochi) – indiantreepix | Google Groups


Plant for ID: SD061: 1 image.
Kindly assist with ID of this plant. Clicked in Haryana

Drymaria cordata !

Leaf venation looks parallel in Drymaria cordata, where it’s reticulate in the image. Could this be Stellaria media?

I too agree with …


Stellaria media: 2 high res. images.
Local name: koku here in Rajouri, j and k
Habit: Herb

Yes common chickweed.


455 ID wild plant: 11 high res. images.
Please ID wild plant,
Location: bloomed in The HIMALAYAS at Kangan Jammu & Kashmir INDIA
Altitude: 8100fsl
Flower date: 13APR2023, 10.35am
Habitat: wild moisture wayside
Plant habit: spreading herb, branches, weak purplish hairy cylindrical stem, annual
Height: 08cm
Leaves: opposite elliptic acute soft flexible velvety size:02×1cm
Flower: axillary buds, 05 bi-petals, diameter:04.5mm, white, non fragrant
Camera: CANON EOS1500D +FL10x

Stellaria media (L.) Vill.

Stellaria media   – chick weed.

Yes, it is Stellaria media, dear …, thank you very much for ID my plant


Id assistance for Darjeeling Caryophyllaceae: 2 high res. images.
Locality: Darjeeling to Lebong

Date: 13/09/2013
Altitude: 2050 m

Stellaria wallichiana Haines ??

its stellaria media ….

Looks like Stellaria media.



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