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During the spring, the foliage of Procumbent Pearlwort has a refreshing appearance. While the flowers are often produced abundantly and are rather large considering the small size of the plant, they are usually not very showy because of the small size or absence of the petals. Some authorities assert that the flowers have 4 petals that are about as long as the sepals, but this is often untrue. Frequently, the petals are deformed or missing in individual flowers, and they are usually much shorter than the sepals. Until recently, all Pearlworts in Illinois were lumped together as Sagina decumbens (Decumbent Pearlwort), but it is now recognized that there are at least 4 Sagina spp. (Pearlworts) in Illinois. These species can be divided into 2 groups


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