Common Chickweed
Stellaria media
Caryophyllaceae (Pink) Family

Greater Chickweed
S. pubera

Plant is a sprawling annual, loosely branched and often forming dense clusters. Its preferred habitat is stable dunes, yards, waste places, fields and gardens. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are opposite on the stem, stalked, blades egg-shaped, hairy, consisting of one whole part, and forms an angle to the left with sides less than equal.

The flowers have 4 to 5 persistent united sepals and an equal number of petals that are deeply parted (cut) at the end of the stem. Each flower is singular, bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form, sticky to the touch. Flowers occur in the spring.

Fruit is a capsule containing many seeds.

Many species of birds are known to use chickweed for food. The leaves are safely consumed by humans as an additive to salads or cooked as greens.


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