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Greater Stitchwort

Edible Edible Spring Spring Summer Summer

Stellaria refers to the ‘star like’ flower and holostea means entire bone, somehow a reference to the brittle stem.

Hedgerow Type
Common Names Greater Stitchwort, Wedding Cakes, Star of Bethlehem, Shirt Buttons
Scientific Name Stellaria holostea
Season Start Mar
Season End Jun
Please note that each and every hedgerow item you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Leaves

Blue/grey green, narrow, coming to a point and in pairs opposite each other on the stem.

Flowers

White with five petals each deeply notched as to appear as ten petals, flowering from april until June. When the seed cases ripen the seeds can be heard ‘popping’ as they are released.

Stem

Thin, brittle and square..

Habitat

Woods, hedgerows, gardens, field edges and waste ground.

Possible Confusion

Lesser Stitchwort is identical but much smaller and is also edible.

Taste

A little like lettuce mixed with grass.

Collecting

The leaves are quite small and it can take an age to get a good amount but Stitchwort can befound growing in abundance so there will be a lot of it there.

The flowers have a mild taste but look good in salads.

Medicinal Uses

Apparantly can be used to treat ‘stiches’ caused by walking or running without stretching first.

Other Facts

It was thought that picking the flowers would bring on a thunder storm.
The roots can be used to make a dye.

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