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

Lesser stitchwort has smaller flowers (5–12 mm) and grows on hedge banks and in rough grassland


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

© Tony Gunton

© Udo Schmidt