Sunday, May 10, 2009

100 Species Challenge: Greater Stitchwort

Scientific name: Stellaria holostea
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Flowers: April to June

Lots and lots of these pretty flowers in the woods today, alongside the bluebells. The French name for the plant is herbe à la Sainte-Vierge (herb of the Holy Virgin). The English name comes from its medicinal use - it was supposed to be a cure for the stitch, or pains in the side.

100 Species Challenge Number 18.
List of plants identified to date.

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