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botanical name:
Stellaria media
Stellaria media © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Common Chickweed, Adder's mouth, Starwort, Stitchwort, Winterweed, Passerina, Starweed, Stellair, Fliodh
family:  Caryophyllaceae
characteristics: annual/biennial, evergreen, semi-evergreen
height: 0.30m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: very fast
growth habit: semi-prostrate
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
stem/bark: green
main season: All Year
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -35°C
USDA zone: 4 to 10
description:
Very common annual weed, especially of disturbed ground such as flower beds and vegetable patches. Often has a prostrate and spreading habit. Oval, fresh green leaves in opposite pairs, the upper ones unstalked. Small starry white flowers are produced at almost any time of the year..

cultivation:
Grows almost anywhere, but especially on fertile, well drained ground. Considered as a ubiquitous garden weed, although it is fairly easy to control.

propagation:
From seed.

usage:
Often used as animal fodder and sometimes for human consumption as a wild salad food, it is rich in vitamin C and B.
Also used as a medicinal herb, as an anti-inflammatory and to treat a variety of ailments, including rheumatism and obesity.

other notes:
Common European native, now naturalised worldwide.

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