Cerastium arvense

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCaryophyllaceaeCerastiumCerastium arvense


This perennial grows mainly on dry, calcareous to slightly acid, sandy soils, occurring in pastures, on dry roadsides, wayside banks, the margins of arable fields, sandy or gravelly waste ground, sand dunes and sand-pits. 0-300 m (Hounam Law, Roxburghs.).



World Distribution

Circumpolar Boreo-temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.

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Broad Habitats

Acid grassland (includes non-calcareous sandy grassland)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.3

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.3

Annual Precipitation (mm): 773

Height (cm): 30

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Rhizome far-creeping

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 814

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 39

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -1.05

Weighted Changed Factor: -30

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (67b)
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1983)
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.