Sticky Mouse-Ear Chickweed, Clammy Chickweed, Mouse-Ear Chickweed, Sticky Chickweed, Glomerate Mouse-Eared Chickweed
Synonyms of Cerastium glomeratum (33) (Updated on 3-3-21 from Plants of the World Online): Alsine glomerata (Thuill.) E.H.L.Krause, Alsine trivialis E.H.L.Krause, Cerastium acutatum Suksd., Cerastium alpinum Bunge, Cerastium apetalum Dumort., Cerastium arenosum Kit., Cerastium brachycarpum Stapf, Cerastium caespitosum Gilib., Cerastium constantinopolitanum Nyman, Cerastium fontanum subsp. triviale (E.H.L.Krause) Jalas, Cerastium fulvum Raf., Cerastium glomeratum var. brachycarpum L.H.Zhou & Q.Z.Han, Cerastium glomeratum var. robustum Pamp., Cerastium hirsutum Muhl., Cerastium mauritianum Bouton ex Baker, Cerastium membranaceum Jacquem. ex Hook.f., Cerastium minutulum Des Moul. ex Steud., Cerastium ovale Pers., Cerastium pseudoviscosum Schur, Cerastium pumilum Raf., Cerastium rotundifolium Fisch., Cerastium stevenii Schischk., Cerastium sylvaticum Steven ex Ledeb., Cerastium tenellum Gaudin ex Ser., Cerastium tomentosum Bojer, Cerastium triviale Link, Cerastium villosum Steven, Cerastium viscosioides Candargy, Cerastium vulgatum L., Myosotis vulgaris Moench, Stellaria glomerata Jess., Stellaria trivialis (Link) Link, Stellaria vulgata (L.) Link
Cerastium glomeratum Thuill. is the correct and accepted scientific name for the Sticky Mouse-Ear Chickweed. It was named and described as such by Jean Louis Thuillier in Flora des Environs de Paris in 1799.
Accepted infraspecific name: Cerastium glomeratum subsp. megacalyx Kamelin
The genus, Cerastium Dill ex L., was described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753 giving credit to Johann Jacob Dillenius for naming the genus. He also mentions Joseph Pitton de Tournefort’s name but I don’t know why… I can’ read Latin… 🙂
Plants of the World Online lists 205 species in the Cerastium genus (as of 3-3-21 when I last updated this page). The genus is a member of the plant family Caryophyllaceae with a total of 98 genera. Those numbers could change periodically as updates are made.
The above distribution map for Cerastium glomeratum is from Plants of the World Online. Areas in green are where the species is native and purple where it has been introduced. The map on the USDA Plants Database for North America is a little different. It includes a few more states and doesn’t have a few that are shown on POWO. The species may have a broader range than the maps show.
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Spring is a great time of year when the early wildflowers start blooming. I had noticed a different plant I needed to take photos of and identify when I spotted several colonies of this one. Of course, I had to take photos of them as well. I identified this species as Cerastium glomeratum. It has many common names including Sticky Mouse-Ear Chickweed, Clammy Chickweed, Mouse-Ear Chickweed, Sticky Chickweed, Glomerate Mouse-Eared Chickweed and probably others. It just depends on which website you look at. There are a few other Cerastium species in Missouri but the iNaturalist drag and drop feature suggested C. glomeratum and I think they hit the nail on the head.
Cerastium glomeratum is an annual wildflower with ascending to erect stems, 4-10 inches tall, with glandular and non-glandular hairs, purplish to light green. The leaves and stems may feel sticky from glandular secretions. The base of the plant has a cluster of leaves.
Stems terminate with a cluster of 5-petaled flowers with 5 green sepals, 10 stamens, and a pistil with five styles. The petals have slits in the middle… The sepals are also very hairy.
The small leaves, about 3/4” long, grow in an opposite manner on the stems and are oblong-ovate and taper to a point. The leaves have no leaf stems (sessile) and are very hairy (pubescent).
The inflorescence can produce from 3 to 50 flowers with short cymes. The petals (sepals) can sometimes be red-tipped.
Very hairy stems that are purplish to light green. This one is starting to branch out at the leaf node.
You must admit this is a neat plant with deeply notched flowers.
Although similar at a distance to its cousin the Common Chickweed (Stellaria media), its cylindrical capsule is one feature that puts it into a different genus.
In Nepal, the juice of Cerastium glomeratum is applied to the forehead to treat headaches and dropped into the nostrils treats nosebleeds.
I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and identified over 100 species of wildflowers (most have pages listed on the right side of the page). I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing, and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a few horticulturalists I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.
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FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
INTERNATIONAL PLANT NAMES INDEX (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
MSU-MIDWEST WEEDS AND WILDFLOWERS
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
PFAF (PLANTS FOR A FUTURE)
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
NOTE: The figures may not match on these websites. It depends on when and how they make updates and when their sources make updates (and if they update their sources or even read what they say). Some websites have hundreds and even many thousands of species to keep up with. Accepted scientific names change periodically and it can be hard to keep with as well. In my opinion, Plants of the World Online by Kew is the most reliable and up-to-date plant database and they make updates on a regular basis. I make updates at least once a year and when I write new pages but I do get behind. We are all a work in progress. 🙂