Greater stitchwort (Stellaria holostea)

Collins, 54; Readers Digest, 79

This bright gloss white flower, which is in blossom from April to June, is a common sight along the hedgerows of this area and in Shrubs Wood.  The weak stem requires the support of surrounding vegetation.  The common name derives from its use to heal “stitches” in the side of the body.  A potion of stitchwort and acorns prepared in wine was a well-used remedy.  It was also regarded as one of the ‘thunderflowers’, the picking of which provokes storms.

 The Lesser Stitchwort is very similar but smaller with more divided petals.