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

Cerastium glomeratum Thuill.
sticky chickweed
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a slender taproot; stems decumbent to erect, usually dichotomously branched, very hairy, sticky, 5-50 cm tall/long.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves opposite, pale yellowish-green, spoon-shaped to egg-shaped, 3-20 mm long, 2-10 mm wide, 1-nerved, slightly hairy above and below; upper stem leaves larger, to 25 mm long and 15 mm wide, egg-shaped; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence numerous in a crowded cluster; flower stalks shorter than sepals; petals 5, white, 3-5 mm long, deeply bilobed; sepals 5, narrowly egg-shaped, 3-5 mm long, stiff-hairy and more or less glandular.
Capsules cylindric, 6-9 mm long, 10-valved; seeds pale brown, 0.3-0.5 mm long, finely pimply.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry roadsides, waste places, lawns and pastures in the lowland, steppe and lower montane zones; common in SW BC, rare elsewhere in S BC and the Queen Charlotte Islands; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Cerastium glomeratum

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) 1350 1350 1350
Slope Gradient (%) 25 25 25
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
35 35 35
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 3 3
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: MS(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

Cerastium acutatum Suksdorf
Cerastium glomeratum var. apetalum (Dumort.) Fenzl
Cerastium viscosum

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