Plant showing hairs in line along stem

Scientific Name

Stellaria media

Common Names

common chickweed





Distinguishing Characteristics

Small annual herb with a line of hairs along the stems. Also hairy on the buds.

Leaves are not hairy and are ovate with a pointed tip. Flowers are terminal at the end of each stem, are white and have 5 deeply bisected petals surrounded by hairy sepals.


Other plants easily confused with this plant

May be confused with other chickweeds, which are less common.


Sources & References

"Weeds - an illustrated botanical guide to weeds of Australia" by B. A. Auld and R. W. Medd

"Plantnet FloraOnline"