Can anyone help me identify this? It's popped up in my lawn in early spring. I live in Massachusetts and this thing is everywhere. It covers the ground so well, I'm afraid it'll keep grass from coming in. The leaves are small, very low to the ground, and grow in thick bunches. It is really hard to pull up. I'm not sure, but I think it produces a small white flower on a long stem.

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    Definitely NOT oxalis - not sure what it is, if no one else names it I'll do some research - its not unattractive, but clearly not something you want in a lawn
    – Bamboo
    Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 23:13
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    I think it's Mouse-ear chickweed (Cerastium fontanum aka C. vulgatum) but not 100% sure. Are the leaves hairy? Could you take a close-up photo of the flower?
    – Niall C.
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 0:37
  • Thanks, Niall! I think you've got it! The leaves appear to be hairy, and Google images for Mouse-ear chickweed definitely match. I'll try adding another photo, but I think this is it. Thanks again!
    – Brandon
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 2:57
  • @NiallC. Want to go ahead and write an answer?
    – J. Musser
    Commented Aug 31, 2017 at 18:54

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As Niall noted in the comments, this is Mouse Ear Chickweed (Cerastium fontanum). It's an annual cool season plant with a very wide range in temperate and cool climates with plenty of rainfall.

It often germinates in the fall, and blooms and sets seed in the mid-late spring after slow growth over winter. Plants that germinate in the spring will bloom and set seed at about the same time as well.

Because it's prolific and sets a lot of seed in good conditions, it has also become a garden/lawn weed in many areas. It is easy (although possibly time consuming) to remove it by hand, and I am also not aware of its resistance to any commercial herbicide.

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