Cerastium fontanum – Common Mouse-ear

Common mouse-ear is a low growing, winter green perennial. It is quite a hairy plant with lanceolate un-stalked dark green leaves arranged in opposite pairs along the stem. The flowers consist of five deeply notched white petals backed by green sepals with thin white borders. Flowering occurs from April through to November.

Type Seeds per gram Origin Ordering
Grassland Perennial 5750 Cambridgeshire Limited availability

C.fontanum2

Habitat Information
Common mouse-ear is a tufted or mat-forming perennial that is almost ubiquitous in cut, grazed or managed grassland and is found throughout the British Isles. It is shade tolerant in the early part of the growing season and is therefore able to exploit hay meadows despite being such a low growing plant. It does however require the hay to be cut and removed if it is to persist. Regeneration occurs through the growth of freely rooting lateral shoots and the production of large amounts of seed which can remain viable for up to forty years.

Although a perennial, Common mouse-ear can grow rapidly from seed capable of flowering within nine weeks of germination. It can therefore behave as an annual and exploit sites that are subject to regular disturbance such as arable land or skeletal habitats like roofs, walls, shingle and sand dunes.

Growing Information
Sow at any time of the year.

Availability

This species is currently only available as a minor component of wild harvested meadow mixtures such as EM11 and EM32 and

 

Species currently unavailable or of restricted availability

Sorry, this species is currently unavailable to order as a single item as we have no stock. For more information please see availability note above.

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£/10g £4.50
£/1g £1.50

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