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Chickweed (Stellaria media)
Image ID: 2011/mr37Tap/mouseover and drag to zoom/pan.
Other common names: Starwort
Family: Caryophyllaceae (Pink)
Height: 0.25 to 0.67 ft.
Blooms: February to December
Leaf Type: smooth
Bloom Size: 0.25 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Individual flowers, Regular blooms, 10 or more parts
Location: Mon River Trail
Notes: Actually only 5 petals, but they are so deeply incised that there appear to be 10
More photos of this flower
- Mouse-Ear Chickweed
Common chickweed has petals shorter than sepals. Leaves on mouse-ear chickweed are hairy and stemless.
- Star Chickweed
Flowers on star chickweed are about ½-inch across, while those on common chickweed are about ¼-inch.
Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.