Kingdom: Plantae (plants)
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta (vascular plants)
Superdivision: Spermatophyta (seed plants)
Division: Magnoliophyta (flowering plants)
Class: Magnoliopsida (dicotyledons)
Subclass: Caryophyllidae
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)
Genus: Cerastium (mouse-ear chickweed)
Species: Cerastium fontanum
Common Mouse-ear Chickweed

late summer

   Yet another common weed of European origin, mouse-ear chickweed shares many of the properties of chickweed.

   The main differences are that mouse-ear chickweed has hairy, somewhat sticky, stems; and more substantial, fuzzy leaves that are unstalked. Mouse-ear chickweed also seems more tolerant of hot or dry conditions. In my yard, chickweed grows in the mostly shaded parts of the lawn, while mouse-ear chickweed grows in the sunnier, dryer parts. And while chickweed is quite good raw or cooked, mouse-ear chickweed is apparently much better cooked.


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