Also known as
Adder's Mouth, Starwort, Stitchwort, Winterweed, Passerina, Starweed, Stellair, Fliodh, Chickweed, Nodding Chickweed, Chickweed Starwort, Common Starwort
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This plant has no fragrance
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Common Chickweed Overview
Chickweeds are an annual herb, that have established themselves all over the world, possibly carried on the clothes and shoes of explorers. Most are succulent and have white flowers, and all with practically the same edible and medicinal values. They all exhibit a very interesting trait, (they sleep) termed the ’Sleep of Plants,’ every night the leaves fold over the tender buds and the new shoots. The plants have a flat spreading growth habit. They are not usually cultivated but collected from the wild.
Common problems with Common Chickweed
Generally problem free
How to harvest Common Chickweed
Whole plants or just stems with leaves are picked throughout the growing season.
How to propagate Common Chickweed
Plants self seed with new plants appearing in autumn.
Other uses of Common Chickweed
The plant has medicinal purposes and is used in folk medicine, as a remedy to treat itchy skin conditions and pulmonary diseases, most uses are not supported by scientific evidence.
The plant is edible and nutritious, and is used as a leaf vegetable, often raw in salads or in green juices.