Greater stitchwort, Stellaria holostea, La Stellaire holostée, Langue d'oiseau

Greater Stitchwort (Stellaria holostea)

French name: La Stellaire holostée. Common French name: Langue d’oiseau

At the moment the pretty white flowers of Greater Stitchwort are brightening up the French countryside.

Greater stitchwort, Stellaria holostea, La Stellaire holostée, Langue d'oiseau

Greater Stitchwort is a slender, delicate wildflower which is commonly found in hedgerows, woodland margins, roadside verges and grassy banks.

Known in English as ‘Wedding cakes,’ Star of Bethlehem’ and ‘Daddy’s-shirt-buttons,’ the elegant white flowers have 5 petals divided to half way down and pale yellow stamens. Flowers of Greater Stitchwort measure 2-3 cm whereas those of its relative, Lesser Stitchwort, are much smaller at about 0.5-1cm.

The leaves of Greater Stitchwort are grass-like in appearance and the stems are square and very brittle.

Greater Stitchwort flowers from April to June after which the seed capsules ripen and can be heard ‘popping’ as they disperse their seeds ready for the following year.

Whilst out walking at the moment you won’t be able to miss lovely, large patches of this flower, a very welcome splash of brightness under the current gloomy skies.

A bientôt

Katherine x

 

 



'Greater Stitchwort (Stellaria holostea)' have 2 comments

  1. May 19, 2013 @ 3:23 pm Sarah G

    Thanks Katharine – have seen a few on our walks with Charlie and NIck has wondered what they are. Just wish it woud get a bit warmer.

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    • May 20, 2013 @ 7:05 am Katherine

      The weekend has been awful, so cold. I’m surprised anything is bothering to flower! x

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