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botanical name:
Stellaria media
Stellaria media © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Common Chickweed, Adder's mouth, Starwort, Stitchwort, Winterweed, Passerina, Starweed, Stellair, Fliodh
family:  Caryophyllaceae
characteristics: annual/biennial, evergreen, semi-evergreen
height: 0.30m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: very fast
growth habit: semi-prostrate
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
stem/bark: green
main season: All Year
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -35°C
USDA zone: 4 to 10
Very common annual weed, especially of disturbed ground such as flower beds and vegetable patches. Often has a prostrate and spreading habit. Oval, fresh green leaves in opposite pairs, the upper ones unstalked. Small starry white flowers are produced at almost any time of the year..

Grows almost anywhere, but especially on fertile, well drained ground. Considered as a ubiquitous garden weed, although it is fairly easy to control.

From seed.

Often used as animal fodder and sometimes for human consumption as a wild salad food, it is rich in vitamin C and B.
Also used as a medicinal herb, as an anti-inflammatory and to treat a variety of ailments, including rheumatism and obesity.

other notes:
Common European native, now naturalised worldwide.
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