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Thursday, 8 June 2017


Stellaria media, chickweed, of the Caryophyllaceae family is a cool-season annual plant native to Europe, but naturalised in many parts of North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. It is used as a cooling herbal remedy, and grown as a vegetable crop and ground cover for both human consumption and poultry. It is sometimes called common chickweed to distinguish it from other plants called chickweed. Other common names include chickenwort, craches, maruns, winterweed. The plant germinates in autumn or late winter, then forms large mats of foliage.

The plants are annual and with weak slender stems, they reach a length up to 40 cm. Sparsely hairy, with hairs in a line along the stem. The leaves are oval and opposite, the lower ones with stalks. Flowers are white and tiny, with 5 very deeply lobed petals. The stamens are usually 3 and the styles 3. The flowers are followed quickly by the seed pods. This plant flowers and sets seed at the same time. This plant is common in gardens, fields, and disturbed ground as a weed. Control is difficult due to the heavy seed sets. Common chickweed is very competitive with small grains, and can produce up to 80% yield losses among barley.

Stellaria media is edible and nutritious for humans, and is used as a leaf vegetable, often raw in salads. It is one of the ingredients of the symbolic dish consumed in the Japanese spring-time festival, Nanakusa-no-sekkuS. media contains plant chemicals known as saponins, which can be toxic when consumed in large quantities. Chickweed has been known to cause saponin poisoning in cattle. However, as the animal must consume several kilos of chickweed in order to reach a toxic level, such deaths are rare.

The plant has traditionally been used medicinally in folk medicine. It has been used as a remedy to treat itchy skin conditions and pulmonary diseases. 17th century herbalist John Gerard recommended it as a remedy for mange. Modern herbalists prescribe it for iron-deficiency anaemia (for its high iron content), as well as for skin diseases, bronchitis, rheumatic pains, arthritis and period pain. Not all of these uses are supported by scientific evidence. The plant was used by the Ainu for treating bruises and aching bones. Stems were steeped in hot water before being applied externally to affected areas.

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  1. So many weeks are too beautiful to be called a "weed!" This is a cute one:)

  2. Very beautiful. I have lots of them in my veggie garden :-).

    Greetings from Birgit

  3. looks fragile but seem to be protected :) Thanks for hosting!

  4. Very pretty, delicate
    Have a great week-end!

  5. How interesting that a weed would have so many uses.

  6. Nick, too bad all weeds are not as photogenic. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Such a useful plant - who would have thought? Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  8. so pretty ...I love to see it here. Interesting uses also.

  9. Chickweed - Vogelmiere
    My chickens eat them very much ;)
    Have a nice weekend.
    Greetings, Nicole

  10. Lovely little flowers !
    Happy weekend !

  11. This plant tastes very good, reminds me of beets. You have taken a beautiful close up photo of it!