- Common Name(s):
- chickenwort, chickweed, common chickweed, winterweed
- Annuals, Edible Plants
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.
- winter annual weed
- 8 inches
- Leaves and seeds are edible. Raw in a salad or lightly cooked.
NCCES plant id: 2867