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Spergula arvensis

Corn spurrey

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.4m to 0.7m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourDull green

Description

Spergula arvensis (Corn spurrey). The leaves are paired, and each has a basal tuft. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe. STEM: Turning upwards, bent at leaf-joints. ROOT: Fibrous. HAIRS: Stickily hairy throughout. STIPULES: Papery, soon falling. LEAF-STALK: Absent. BRACTS: Small, papery. FLOWER STALK: 0.1-0.25cm, base bent back. SEPALS: 5, oval, edge narrowly papery. PETALS: 5, equal, oval, undivided, just longer than sepals. STAMENS: 10 or fewer. STIGMA: 5, short. OVARY: 1, 1-celled. SEEDS: Many, round, often encircled by a wing.

Characteristics

Annual, Herbaceous

Other common names

Spurrey

Origin

Britain & N. Europe

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • SoilLight, Medium, Sandy
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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