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Common Chickweed

Stellaria media (L.) Vill.

Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)


▲ young plant

▲▼mature, flowering plants

mature plants in lawn

▲ leaves

▲▼ flowers


Common Chickweed

         winter annual, with oval to lance-shaped opposite, light green leaves in the Caryophyllaceae (Pink) family

         low-growing, branching stems with small (1/4"), white, star-like flowers that have five deeply-notched petals (looks like 10 petals)

         grows 2-12 tall, with a 6-24 spread

         prefers moist, fertile, partly shaded locations, but may grow anywhere

         germinates in late fall, flowers in spring

         not common in dense turf; more in new plantings or thin turf

         similar species, thymeleaf sandwort, has smaller, less hairy leaves and the 5 petals are un-notched

         similar species, mouse-ear chickweed is a perennial plant, and has more elongated flowering stems and the 5 petals are un-notched

         control common chickweed by encouraging dense turf or pre-emergent herbicides in late summer, fall


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