E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Stellaria graminea L.
grass-leaved starwort (grasslike starwort)
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a slender rhizome; stems decumbent to ascending, several, branched,4-angled, glabrous or slightly hairy above, 20-90 cm tall/long.
Basal leaves few, reduced, soon deciduous; stem leaves opposite, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, unstalked, 1.5-4 cm long, usually long-fringed at the base, the margins entire; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of many flowers in a terminal, membranous-bracted, diffuse cluster; petals 5, white, 2-cleft, 4-8 mm long; sepals 5, lanceolate, abruptly sharp-pointed, 3.5-7 mm long, membranous-margined and usually strongly hairy-fringed, 3-nerved.
Capsules green, oblong to egg-shaped, 4-8 mm long, 6-valved; seeds reddish-brown, 0.9-1.1 mm wide, wrinkled in concentric rows.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry roadsides, gardens, lawns and disturbed areas in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; infrequent throughout BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Stellaria graminea

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 884 1112 1340
Slope Gradient (%) 0 0 1
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
7 7 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BWBS(1), CWH(1), SWB(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Alsine graminea (L.) Britton
Stellaria graminea var. latifolia Peterm.

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