Stellaria media
common chickweed

Stellaria media
Stellaria media
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Carl Axel Magnus Lindman: Bilder ur Nordens Flora (1901-1905)
Botanical name: Stellaria media
Common name: common chickweed
Group: dicot
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial, annual
Origin: introduced
Plant height: 4 - 16"
Foliage: Can be distinguised from other Stellaria by the fine hairs on only one side of the stem; other Stellaria are covered on the entire stem. Opposite leaves, rather egg shapedforming large mats, with trailing, weak stems.
Flower: white, 5, deeply cut petals with 2 lobes; 1/4-1/2"; petals shorter than sepals or absent
Flowering time: bloom early February to late November; most in April or May
Habitat: weed of open, disturbed ground such as lawns, gardens, waste, woods, and edges
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc.: Edible as a salad green. Often prolific and control is problematic.