Belongs to: pink family

Greater stitchwort Stellaria holostea

Also known as: thunder flower


Best time to see: mid Apr to mid Jun

Key facts

A white-flowered perennial common along woodland rides and by hedgerows on moist soils

Large flowers (20–30 mm) with five petals, divided to half way; square stems with narrow, pointed leaves

Once used, mixed with powdered acorns, to treat a stitch or similar pains

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Photo © Tony Gunton