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Chenopodium album is often confused with:
Baccharis halimifolia Baccharis halimifolia
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Oxalis Flowers and Leaves
Viola sororia Viola papilionacea
Amaranthus palmeri Amaranthus palmeri

Chenopodium album

Phonetic Spelling
ken-oh-POH-dee-um AL-bum
Description

Lambsquarters is a highly adaptable and nutritious summer annual edible in the Amaranth family.  Though it is a beautiful plant, it can be quite weedy.  Pulling up seedlings before they set seed or mowing over plants before they produce seed are two management options.  

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#annual#edible plant#weed#edible weed#gray leaves#silver leaves#white leaves#weedy#summer annual weed#high maintenance#fast growing#summer flowers#edible seeds#edible garden#edible leaves#warm season weed#food source herbage
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#annual#edible plant#weed#edible weed#gray leaves#silver leaves#white leaves#weedy#summer annual weed#high maintenance#fast growing#summer flowers#edible seeds#edible garden#edible leaves#warm season weed#food source herbage
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chenopodium
    Species:
    album
    Family:
    Amaranthaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Native Americans have made a flour from the dried seeds.
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eurasia
    Wildlife Value:
    While the flowers are wind-pollinated, the leaves are a food source for many caterpillars, beetles, and mammals.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Wildlife Larval Host
    Edibility:
    Seeds, leaves, shoots, and flowers can be edible to an extent. However, the seeds have saponins and oxalic acid so cook, steam, and/or freeze before consuming parts of this plant.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Edible
    Weed
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-stemmed
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    This plant has nearly rounded seeds (being black, green, or brown). Many seeds can come from just one of these plants.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Pink
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    In (generally) terminal clusters, flowers can be very light green or pink spikes.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Pink
    White
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Velvety
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Deltoid
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Lobed
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    There are two types of leaves on this plant– oppositely arranged cotyledons and true, alternate leaves. They are 5" long , goose-shaped (though other shapes are possible too such as triangular, ovate, lanceolate, or even linear), and smooth-margined with some teeth along the edge or lobed. Leaves are green, sometimes with tints of pink, and a white mealy coating produced by tiny hairs on the leaves. The hairs are denser on the underside of the leaves, making it appear lighter in color. As the leaves mature, the white hairs become more sparse.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    As a seedling, part of the stem comes in light colors of green, red, purple, or tan and is smooth as well as striated (meaning there are lines on the stem).
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Problems:
    Weedy