Greater Stitchwort (Stellaria holostea) HP/BB/BN
A really pretty plant, flowering in April-June, bearing white, star-like flowers on scrambling slender stems. It is widely distributed throughout most of the British Isles, it can be seen in Derbyshire growing very patriarchally (!) with red campion and bluebells in roadside verges, hedgerows and woodland edges. It is the food plant of the Marsh Pug Moth. Ht 12in. The name "stitchwort" derives from at least the 13th century and it was used to cure stitches and sharp pains. The plant is entrenched in folklore with loads of names such as Headaches, Wedding cakes, Milkmaids, Shirt buttons, Poor man's buttonhole.