Common Mouse-ear
Cerastium fontanum

This shot was taken at Purbrook Park near Waterlooville in Hampshire. The Common Mouse Ear is a hairy perennial that is widespread and usually common in gardens and grassland and on disturbed ground. It has grey-green leaves that are borne in opposite pairs. Non-flowering and flowering shoots occur, the latter with white, five-petalled flowers that appear between April-October. They are pollinated by flies or are self-pollinated. The seeds are thought to survive in the soil for up to 40 years, even after ingestion by cattle and birds.