chickweed, common

COMMON NAME: Chickweed, common
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Stellaria media
FAMILY: Caryophyllaceae
LIFECYCLE: Annual
FEATURES: Low growing succulent winter annual herb. Opposite, ovate leaves. Stem can be green to purple
in color. Flowers with white petals, each petal small and spaced separated from other petals.
Flowers surrounded by five sepals that are hairy. Closed flower pod also covered with hairs. Plant
is predominantly glabrous except for flower sepals and few loose hairs on stem.
DESCRIPTION: Common weed throughout the United States in turfgrass management and winter crop areas.
Also common in sidewalk edges and ornamental plant beds. Depending on the competition areas,
plants can form dense stands or few thin stems. Similar to mouseear chickweed, however
mouseear is very pubescent, whereas common chickweed is primarily glabrous.

Broad View Large developed plant

Broad View
Large developed plant

Flower / Seed Head Close up of flowers

Flower / Seed Head
Close up of flowers

Leaf Stem close-up

Leaf
Stem close-up

Broad View General growth

Broad View
General growth