*Cerastium glomeratum

Family Caryophyllaceae

Mouse Ear Chickweed

Annual herb with erect or ascending flowering stems. Longevity less than one year.

Flowers: White July – November.

Fruit: Capsule 5 – 8 mm long containing numerous brown seeds.

Seed: Dispersed locally.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of Europe.
  • Disturbed sites in partial shade.
  • Occasional in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Flowers, leaves and seeds reported to be eaten by Galah Cacatua roseicapilla, flowers eaten by Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans.
  • Killed by fire.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Cerastium glomeratum flower

Cerastium glomeratum fruit