Monday 10th July 2017
Common Mouse-ear (Cerastium Fontanum)
If you are not looking for them the tiny white flowers growing in mats low on the ground can easily go unnoticed, scattered in among the grass and buttercups. The colloquial name comes from the leaves, which are covered in white hairs and pointed, resembling mouse ears. Unfortunately it is considered a weed by arable farmers as it takes up valuable space which could be used for crops. There are many subspecies of Common Mouse-ear including one that is critically endangered which only exists in one region of Finland (ssp. vulgare var. Kajanense).
By Tom Cowley
Fun fact: The seeds of Common Mouse-ear can survive underground for up to 40 years!