Caryophyllaceae Family:

Cerastium glomeratum (Sticky Mouse-Ear Chickweed) on 4-7-20, #684-10.

Caryophyllaceae Juss.

The plant family Caryophyllaceae was named and described by Antoine Laurent de Jussieu in Genera Plantarum in 1789.

As of 12-14-22 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists 101 genera in the family commonly known as the Pink or Carnation family. 

The family consists of herbaceous perennials and annuals, shrubs, and small trees.

For more information about this family of plants, please click on the links below. The links take you directly to the information about the family. You can click on the plant’s name below the photos which will take you to their own pages.


Cerastium glomeratum (Sticky Mouse-Ear Chickweed) on 4-7-20, #684-11.

I first noticed a colony of Cerastium globeratum (Sticky Mouse-Ear Chickweed) below the pond on April 7 in 2020. It is an interesting plant when you get a close look at it… Common names include Sticky Mouse-Ear Chickweed, Clammy Chickweed, Mouse-Ear Chickweed, Sticky Chickweed, Glomerate Mouse-Eared Chickweed, and probably others…


Dianthus armeria (Deptford Pink) on 6-19-19, #592-14.

I see the Dianthus armeria (Deptford Pink) quite often on my farm and a friends farm nearby. They don’t seem to grow that tall, but if you pull on the stem you will see they are decumbent… In other words, they lay down… The stems also grow through other plants. I am not a fan of pink, but these flowers have maroon spots… Hmmm… Other photos I have seen show them with white spots. Common names include Deptford Pink, Grass Pink, Wild Pink, and possibly others.


Silene stellata (Starry Campion) on 5-23-20, #703-15.

I found several Silene stellata (Starry Campion) in the seculed woods on a friends farm in 2020. I intended to go back later to get photos of its flowers, but I didn’t get to. Maybe in 2022…


Stellaria media (Chickweed) on 4-23-18, #429-2.

I am sure almost everyone knows what Stellaria media (Common Chickweed) is. We take this plant for granted and pull it up by the handsfull from our flowerbeds but it is edible and a great herbal remedy… I have used Chickweed Salve in the past. This species is found pretty much worldwide. Common names include, Chickweed, Common Chickweed, Chickenwort, Passerina, Starweed, Star Chickweed, Birdweed, Winterweed, and possibly others.

That’s all I have for the plant family Caryophyllaceae for now. I am sure there others I haven’t identified on my farm yet…


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