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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
        For detailed information on using the Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers scroll to the end of this page or click on a flower common name on the list.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Thymeleaf Sandwort

Thymeleaf Sandwort (Arenaria serpyllifolia)

        Thymeleaf Sandwort, introduced from Europe, is found widespread across the United States. A member of the Carnation family Caryophyllaceae, Thymeleaf Sandwort grows almost anywhere but prefers open waste, rocky, barren, dry habitats. Found growing in a wide variety of soils, including moist to dry sand, clay or rocky soils it also grows in urban areas in cracks and along edges of sidewalks.
        Blooming from spring through early summer the Thymeleaf Sandwort, often over looked, produces small, one quarter inch and smaller white, five petaled flowers on sprawling or upright stems to ten inches long.
        The leaves are a quarter inch long and hairy along leaf margins. The green sepals, longer than the petals, are clearly visible under and between the petals.
        Young leaves are edible and the plant has medicinal uses.
        It is not recommended that these plants be used as medicine or food since they may have bad side effects. Similar species, misidentified, may cause illness or death.

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