Cerastium alpinum

Cerastium alpinum, commonly called alpine mouse-ear[1] or alpine chickweed, is a mat-forming perennial plant. The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. It is native to Greenland, Canada and northern Europe.[2] It is grown as a rock garden subject for its many small white flowers and silver haired stems and foliage. There are three subspecies.

Cerastium alpinum
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Cerastium
C. alpinum
Binomial name
Cerastium alpinum
L., 1753


  1. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  2. ^ "Cerastium alpinum in Flora of North America @". Efloras.org. Retrieved 2022-05-01.