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 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.