Day 174: lesser stitchwort

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


We look up to the skies on a clear night, confident in the expectation of constellation upon constellation of glimmering stars. It can come as a shock to find something similar glinting back at you from the long grass on a bright summer’s day, but such is the impression formed on encountering a patch of lesser stitchwort (Stellaria graminea), each flower a perfect ten pointed star, five deeply dissected white petals above which ten anthers appear to float, hair-like stamens all but invisible. All the benefits of star gazing, without the cricked neck.

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