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Cerastium nutans
nodding mouse-ear chickweed

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to Oregon, east across North America except for California, Nevada, and Utah.

Habitat: Dry to moist shorelines, streambanks, fields, and other disturbed, open areas..

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual, Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glandular-pubescent annual with 1 to several simple or basally branched, decumbent to erect stems 5-20 cm. long.


Leaves opposite, the basal and lower cauline spatulate to oblanceolate, 7-25 mm. long, broadly short-petiolate; cauline leaves several pairs, linear-lanceolate to ovate, sessile.


Flowers several in a loose, leafy, bracteate cyme; pedicles slender, 5-20 mm. long, spreading to ascending by sharply deflexed near the tip; sepals 5, 3-5 mm. long; petals white, from slightly shorter to half again as long as the sepals, sometimes lacking; styles 5, distinct to the base, opposite the sepals; stamens 10.


Capsule cylindric, 2-3 times as long as the calyx.

Accepted Name:
Cerastium nutans Raf.
Publication: Précis Découv. Somiol. 36. 1814.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cerastium nutans in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Cerastium nutans checklist entry

OregonFlora: Cerastium nutans information

E-Flora BC: Cerastium nutans atlas page

CalPhotos: Cerastium nutans photos

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