Bluntleaf sandwort

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.

Scientific name: Moehringia lateriflora (L.) Fenzl; old Arenaria lateriflora L.

Common name(s): bluntleaf sandwort, blunt-leaved sandwort, grove sandwort, blunt-leaved grove-sandwort, wood sandwort

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile , NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial

-leaves are

  • simple
  • opposite
  • entire



  • 2-10 inches

-flowers May-July

– may be confused with M. macrophylla, which is rare in New England and listed as absent in ME; see left sidebar on Go Botany webpage



-meadows and fields

-river shores



Go Botany. “Moehringia Lateriflora (L.) Fenzl.” Moehringia Lateriflora (Blunt-Leaved Grove-Sandwort): Go Botany, 2021,

Connetitcut Botanical Society. “Grove Sandwort (Blunt-Leaved Sandwort) .” Moehringia Lateriflora, 2015,