Chickweed


Stellaria media

Chickweed

Other Names:

Common Chickweeds, Star Chickweed, Mouse-ear Chickweed

Benefits

  • Antioxidant
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a cool-season annual herb of the Caryophyllaceae plant family. It is thought to have originated in Europe and western Asia, however is now widespread in temperate climates worldwide. Chickweed is known to be a medicinal and edible plant, as well as a useful poultice ingredient. It is commonly found growing in mulch skirts of shade trees. Chickweed grows erect to prostrate and its parts have the following distinguishing characteristics:
  • Stems:Forked, slender and smooth; with lines of hairs down the sides
  • Leaves: broadly, egg-shaped, with a pointy tip; mostly hairless or have hairy margins at the base. They are spaced evenly and opposite along stems. Lower leaves are stalkless and smaller than upper, stalked leaves.
  • Flowers: Small, showy, white to pinkish flowers bloom early spring. They have five deeply-cut petals that are produced in open clusters at the ends of stems.
Chickens love the taste of chickweed, hence the name, chickweed. It has been used in traditional medicine to treat a number of conditions, such as inflammations of the digestive, renal, respiratory and reproductive tracts.

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