Lesser stitchwort

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

Scientific name: Stellaria graminea L.

Common name(s): lesser stitchwort, grass-like starwort, grass-leaved chickweed, grass-leaved stitchwort

Link(s): USDA PLANTS Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial

– generally flowers June to September in ME

-leaves are

  • simple
  • opposite
  • entire

-reproduces by seeds and rhizomes

– may be confused with S. longifolia; see left sidebar on Go Botany webpage


-disturbed areas



-full sun

Natural History:

-native to Europe



Heinrich, B. 1976. Flowering phenologies: Bog, woodland, and disturbed habitats. Ecology. 57(5):890-899.

Go Botany. “Stellaria Graminea (Ledeb.) Bong.” Stellaria Graminea (Grass-Leaved Starwort, Grass-Leaved Stitchwort): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/stellaria/graminea/.