common chickweed

Caryophyllales > Caryophyllaceae > Stellaria media (L.) Vill.
Synonym(s): chickweed, nodding chickweed, stitchwort, starwort

Common chickweed is an annual, low-growing herb native to Europe. Stems are decumbent, to 19.7 in. (50 cm) long with a longitudinal line of hairs. Leaves are opposite, oval, to 0.8 in. (2 cm) long and pointed at the tip. Older leaves are petiolate. Flowering occurs in early spring when small, white flowers develop in the leaf axils or in terminal clusters. Flowers have 5 cleft petals, therefore appearing that there are 10. Fruits are very small and are covered by extremely hairy calyces. Common chickweed occurs in shady, moist locations and can commonly threaten habitats on rocky seeps.


Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources

  • Weeds of the Week - USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area, Forest Health Protection

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Flower(s);
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Plant(s);
John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
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Infestation;
Ohio State Weed Lab Archive, Ohio State University, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
Ohio State Weed Lab Archive, Ohio State University, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
Richard Old, XID Services, Inc., Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
Ohio State Weed Lab Archive, Ohio State University, Bugwood.org
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Feature(s); elastic center of stem
Richard Old, XID Services, Inc., Bugwood.org
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Feature(s); single line of hairs on stem
Richard Old, XID Services, Inc., Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Theodore Webster, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org
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Seed(s);
Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org
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Invasive Reference(s):

Check Invasive.org for most current lists.
  • Kentucky - EPPC List
  • Texas - Invasive Plant List
  • Virginia - Invasive Alien Plant Species
  • Mid-Atlantic - EPPC List
  • Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest


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