Sample Chapter – Southern Indiana Wildflowers – Star Chickweed

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Southern Indiana Wildflowers

Star Chickweed

Common Name:
Star Chickweed
Botanical Name:
Stellaria pubera
Family:
Caryophyllaceae – Pinks
Sun:
Shade
Soil:
Rich, well drained

Hardiness Zone:
USDA Zone 3- 9
Propagation:
Seed, division, cuttings
Flower Time – Southern Indiana:
April
Plant Height:
Six – sixteen inches
Flower Color:
White
Stellaria, or Star Chickweed appears in April in the southeastern Indiana forests. It forms clumps of snow-white flowers on the forest floor. You will find it occupying rocky slopes, mainly above streams, in the deep forest. Stellaria pubera does well in the shaded perennial garden. Seed, dividing the plants, or taking cuttings, may propagate it.
Stellaria comes from the Latin word stellar, which means star like and refers to the shape and color of the flower. The word pubera is Latin for soft, short hairs and describe the hairy stem. Chickweed seeds are a valuable source of food for birds. Foragers may harvest the plant before it flowers. It is a nutritious green, containing copious quantities of vitamins A and C.

Southern Indiana Wildflowers

A Year in Wildflowers

Southern Indiana Wildflowers

Southern Indiana Wildflowers
This wildflower identification guide includes a full season of common spring, summer and autumn blooming wildflowers with photographs. Southern Indiana Wildflowers allows easier identification of wildflowers in the field because it is arranged by order of bloom and color. Though written for southern Indiana, the guide should be useful for those living in southern Ohio and Illinois as well, though there will certainly be regional variations in color and bloom time.
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