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.
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.