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Care of the plant Stellaria holostea or Greater stitchwort.

Care of the plant Stellaria holostea or Greater stitchwort

The genus Stellaria, family Caryophyllaceae, comprises 100 species of herbaceous plants distributed over all continents. Some species are: Stellaria holostea, Stellaria media, Stellaria graminea, Stellaria longipes, Stellaria pallida.

Common names: Greater stitchwort, Greater starwort, Addersmeat. This species is native to Western and Central Europe.

They are perennial herbaceous plants with tetrangular stems that reach 60 cm in height. They have lanceolate leaves, without petioles and ending in points. The interesting and abundant white flowers have 5 star-shaped petals and are 3 cm in diameter. They bloom in spring.

They are used in undergrowth under trees or shrubs and in humid areas of the garden.

The Stellaria holostea grows in a semi-shade or shade exposure (especially in a Mediterranean climate). In cold climates they can grow in full sun. They resist frost better than intense heat.

The soil can be normal garden soil with abundant organic matter.

Water frequently so that the soil is always moist but never waterlogged. They do not resist drought.

Fertilize in fall with compost or manure.

They do not need pruning.

They are quite resistant plants to pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring directly to their final location.

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Stellaria holostea
Stellaria holostea
Stellaria holostea
 

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