Greater Stitchwort

Greater Stitchwort Stellaria holostea grows in woods, roadside verges, hedgerows and grassy banks. Other common names include Wedding Cakes, Star-of-Bethlehem, Daddy's-shirt-buttons and Snapdragon.  The name Stitchwort comes from using an infusion of the plant's leaves to treat stitch in the side.

Greater Stitchwort

The star-shaped, white flowers bloom from April to June and the seed pods can be heard popping from late spring through to summer.

Greater Stitchwort is well-associated with pixies, and is a flower favoured in fairy garlands.  According to folklore tales, those that pick Greater Stitchwort would be ‘Pixie led’ - in other words enchanted by the bitter-sweet fairy-realm and left forever distracted.   Stitchwort is also known as ‘Pixie’ across most of the West Country.

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