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Common Chickweed Carophyllaceae (Stellaria media)


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Common Chickweed Seedling (link to large image)

Common Chickweed Flowers (link to large image)

Commom Chickweed Seedling Common Chickweed Flowers

Common Chickweed (link to large image)

Commom chickweed is an annual that is found in turfgrass, nursery crops, cultivated horticultural and agronomic crops. It prefers shady, cool, and moist environments. This weed has slender, tender prostrate stems with numerous branches. It has a shallow fibrous root system. The leaves are opposite on the stem and leaves at the terminal end of branch do not have petioles. Small white flowers are present early spring to fall. This weed reproduces by seed and rooting at nodes on prostrate stems. The fruits contain many seeds within a dry capsule. Seeds germinate in early spring and late summer. Ther are one or two generations within one year.
Commom Chickweed Mature Plant Description

This section contains information on identification of the different life stages of Common Chickweed.  Select Biology and Management from the Contents Menu for more information on the biology and management, or select Registered Herbicides for the herbicides that are registered to control this weed in mint.