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Stellaria borealis
boreal starwort, boreal stitchwort

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains, northern Great Plains, Great Lakes Region, and northeastern North America.

Habitat: Moist or marshy areas from low elevations to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Low, glabrous, matted perennial, the slender stems prostate to erect, 1-4 dm. long.


Leaves opposite, sessile, entire, ovate to narrowly lanceolate, 10-50 mm. long and 3-10 times as long as broad.


Flowers axillary and in terminal leafy-bracteate cymes; pedicles slender, glabrous, 1-4 cm. long, erect to reflexed; sepals 5, distinct, lanceolate, acute, scarious-margined, 3-nerved, 2.5-4.5 mm. long; petals 5, white, deeply notched, from nearly as long as the sepals to wanting; stamens 10; styles 3.


Capsules narrowly ovoid, about twice as long as the sepals.

Accepted Name:
Stellaria borealis Bigelow
Publication: Fl. Boston., ed. 2. 182. 1824.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Stellaria borealis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Stellaria borealis checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Stellaria borealis information.

E-Flora BC: Stellaria borealis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Stellaria borealis photos.

USDA Plants: Stellaria borealis information.

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