Knawel

Knawel_jpgThis family (Caryophyllaceae) commonly called the Pink or Carnation Family consists of 89 genera and 2,070 species of herbs, shrubs and a few trees found in temperate and warm climates.  Latin caryophlum means “a clove” alluding to the clove-like scent to some carnations. Knawel is the only plant in this genus (Scleranthus).Knawel is a weed of disturbed ground, dry or sandy soil.  It can be found along roadsides, waste fields or yards.

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ScientificName:

Scleranthus annuus

Community:

Edge

PlantStatus:

Naturalized from Eurasia

LifeSpan:

Annual

PlantHeight:

Low, spreading

FruitingTime:

May to October

Distribution:

Quebec to South Carolina and west to Wisconsin ~ Statewide in New Jersey

FloweringTime:

Late April to October

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Flowers compact, terminal and auxiliary clusters ~ Leaves linear, opposite ~ Diffusely forking stems