Greater Stitchwort {Stellaria holostea}

Greater Stitchwort {Stellaria holostea}

Greater Stitchwort
(Stellaria holostea)

A very pretty white wildflower found in woodlands, hedgerows and on grassy banks throughout Britain and Ireland.
Blooming April-June each flower with five white petals deeply notched almost divided into two. The stem is square and brittle the leaves almost grass like.
The name Stitchwort refers to an historic herbal remedy in which the plant is said to be a cure for the runners pain in the side often known as the 'stitch'.
The real fun begins in late spring or early summer when the flower sets seed to gain new ground. If a large patch is disturbed the seeds go off like small fireworks popping loudly giving the plant its local name of popguns.
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Greater Stitchwort {Stellaria holostea}

Greater Stitchwort {Stellaria holostea}

Greater Stitchwort
(Stellaria holostea)

A very pretty white wildflower found in woodlands, hedgerows and on grassy banks throughout Britain and Ireland.
Blooming April-June each flower with five white petals deeply notched almost divided into two. The stem is square and brittle the leaves almost grass like.
The name Stitchwort refers to an historic herbal remedy in which the plant is said to be a cure for the runners pain in the side often known as the 'stitch'.
The real fun begins in late spring or early summer when the flower sets seed to gain new ground. If a large patch is disturbed the seeds go off like small fireworks popping loudly giving the plant its local name of popguns.
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