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Cerastium arvense - L.

Common Name Field Mouse-Ear Chickweed, Field chickweed
Family Caryophyllaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry banks and waysides, and in grassland, especially on calcareous or slightly acid sandy soils, throughout Britain but mainly in the east[257].
Range Most of Europe, including Britain, south and east to N. Africa and temperate Asia..
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Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Cerastium arvense Field Mouse-Ear Chickweed, Field chickweed


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Cerastium arvense Field Mouse-Ear Chickweed, Field chickweed
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cerastium arvense is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 1 m (3ft 3in). It is in flower from April to August, and the seeds ripen from May to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Flies and small bees. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Meadow; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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The plant is astringent[257]. A decoction of the plant has been used in the treatment of injuries and miscarriage[257]. A decoction is said to stop uterine bleeding and prevents the child from passing through the uterus[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Division in spring. The prostate shoots root freely as they spread[200], making division very simple[K].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Cerastium fontanumChickweed, Common mouse-ear chickweed, Big chickweedAnnual/Perennial0.3 5-10  LMHSM200
Cerastium furcatum Perennial0.5 -  LMHNM20 
Cerastium holosteoidesCommon Mouse-Ear ChickweedAnnual/Perennial0.3 -  LMHNM20 
Cerastium semidecandrumLittle Mouse-Ear Chickweed, Fivestamen chickweedAnnual0.2 0-0  LMHNM20 
Cerastium viscosumsticky chickweedAnnual0.3 -  LMHNM21 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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