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Shining Chickweed
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Stellaria nitens

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About Shining Chickweed (Stellaria nitens) Stellaria nitens is a species of flowering plant in the pink family known by the common names shiny chickweed and shining starwort. It is native to western North America, including British Columbia, Alberta, and the western United States, its distribution extending into Mexico at least as far as Baja California. It grows in many types of habitat, in dry and moist areas, and sometimes in disturbed places. It is an annual herb producing a slender, upright, four-angled stem from a thin taproot, reaching up to about 25 centimeters in height. Most of the leaves are located low on the stem, each measuring up to 1. 5 centimeters long, with smaller, narrower leaves occurring above. The leaves are hairless except for some rough hairs along the margins, and the blades have shiny surfaces. The inflorescence bears a few flowers on short pedicels. The flower has five pointed sepals each a few millimeters long. There are sometimes five tiny white petals as well, though these are often absent.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
9.8 in (24.9 cm)


Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
-3' - 6216'

Annual Precip. ?
5.2" - 151.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 5.63"

Coldest Month ?
34.9° F - 56.1° F

Hottest Month ?
59.6° F - 80.4° F

Humidity ?
0.41 vpd - 28.73 vpd

Soil Description
Adaptable, tolerant of sand, loam and clay

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Shiny Chickweed, Shining Starwort

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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