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Stellaria media

Common Name(s):
chickenwort, chickweed, common chickweed, winterweed
Categories:
Annuals, Edible Plants
Comment:

This cool season annual plant is sometimes considered a weed.  It has light green round with a pointy tip opposite leaves and star-shaped white flowers with five petals that are divided so it looks like ten.  It is edible and is also a food source for poultry. Seeds germinate in late fall to winter forming dense green mats. It sets flowers and seeds at the same time and can spread rapidly.  It can be confused with other plants that look similar but is distiguished byhaving hairs on only one side of the stem and hairs on the sepals. It can grow in partial shade to full sun.  Birds relish this plant and it is a host plant for many butterfly and moth species.

It is well managed by preemergence herbicides labled for use.

Season:
winter annual weed
Height:
8 inches
Edibility:
Leaves and seeds are edible. Raw in a salad or lightly cooked.
Tags:
white flowers, low growing, bees, weed, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 2867

Stellaria media 5 deeply divided petals
Bramblejungle, CC BY-NC-2.0
Stellaria media Stellaria media
Dan Mullen, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Stellaria media Tiny hairs on one side of the stem is a way to identify this plant.
Tyco, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Stellaria media Habit
Stellaria media Stem
Stellaria media Abaxial leaf surface
Stellaria media Flower
Stellaria media Flower detail