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Useful Temperate Plants

Cerastium holosteoides

Fries.

Caryophyllaceae


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+ Synonyms

Common Name: Common Mouse-Ear Chickweed

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General Information

Cerastium holosteoides is a Annual/Perennial up to 0.25 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

17
Title
Flora of the British Isles.
Publication
 
Author
Clapham, Tutin and Warburg.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1962
ISBN
-
Description
A very comprehensive flora, the standard reference book but it has no pictures.

Range

A cosmopolitan plant, found n most regions of the world, including Britain.

Habitat

Mostly in wet places. Grassland, shingle, dunes, waysides, waste places and cultivated ground.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height0.25 m
PollinatorsFlies, Self
Self-fertileYes
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

See the plants native habitat for ideas on its cultivation needs.
This species is closely related to C. fontanum, the common mouse-ear, and is seen as no more than a sub-species of that species by many botanists.

Edible Uses

Leaves and young shoots[
179
Title
Famine Foods listed in the Chiu-Huang Pen-ts'ao.
Publication
 
Author
Reid. B. E.
Publisher
Southern Materials Centre; Taipei
Year
1977
ISBN
-
Description
A translation of an ancient Chinese book on edible wild foods. Fascinating.
]. This report refers to the sub-species C. holosteoides glandulosum. Koch.[
179
Title
Famine Foods listed in the Chiu-Huang Pen-ts'ao.
Publication
 
Author
Reid. B. E.
Publisher
Southern Materials Centre; Taipei
Year
1977
ISBN
-
Description
A translation of an ancient Chinese book on edible wild foods. Fascinating.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer.
Division in spring might be possible.
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2024-03-03. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Cerastium+holosteoides>

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