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White Goosefoot Chenopodium album

Description

This plant is highly adaptable to different conditions but also weedy. If you do not want this plant or if it is too weedy for your liking, you have a few options. You can hand-pull them out (it is best to use garden gloves) when they are small and before they have flowered and set seed. You could even till (disrupting mature plants' roots) or mow (giving the plant less of a chance to make seeds that may then spread) the plant.  It was formally in the Chenopodiaceae family.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#annual#summer#weed#edible weed#gray leaves#silver leaves#white leaves#weedy#summer annual weed#edible garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#annual#summer#weed#edible weed#gray leaves#silver leaves#white leaves#weedy#summer annual weed#edible garden
  • 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:
    USA
    Edibility:
    This plant’s 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
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-stemmed
    Pyramidal
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    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 Description:
    In (generally) terminal clusters, flowers can be very light green or pink spikes.
  • Leaves:
    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:
    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 then the actual leaves being alternate). Leaves are green with sometimes tints of pink and a white mealy coating produced by tiny hairs on the leaves. The hairs are more dense on the underside of the leaves making it appear lighter. As the leaves mature the white hairs become more sparse. 5" long , goose-shaped (though other shapes are possible too such as triangular, ovate, lanceolate, or even linear) leaves. Margins are mostly smooth with some teeth along the edge or lobed.
  • 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:
    Native Garden
    Problems:
    Weedy