Stellaria holostea

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Greater Stitchwort
Stellaria holostea Grote muur.jpg
Stellaria holostea with its distinctive notched petals
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Stellaria
Species: S. holostea
Binomial name
Stellaria holostea

Stellaria holostea (greater stitchwort or addersmeat) is a perennial herbaceous flowering plant in the carnation family Caryoophyllaceae.


It can grow up to 60 cm in height, with leaves that are long, narrow (lanceolate) and fresh green.[1] The flowers are white, 20-30mm across and have five distinctive petals split to about halfway down.[1][2]


Stellaria holostea is native to Western and Central Europe, including the British Isles.


  1. ^ a b Sterry, Paul (1997). Complete British Wildlife. London: HarperCollins. p. 240. ISBN 978-0-583-33638-3. 
  2. ^ Waller, Chris (1981). Nature Guide to the Lake District. London: Usborne Publishing. p. 72. ISBN 0-86020-403-0. 

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