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Chickweed

Stellaria media

Common chickweed, Chickenwort, Craches, Maruns, Winterweed(Eng.)

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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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn, Winter, Spring
Fruiting time
Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Whole plants or just stems with leaves are picked throughout the growing season.

Propagation

Seed
Plants self seed with new plants appearing in autumn.

Geography

Origin
Europe
Natural climate
Temperate climates

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
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.
Edible
The plant is edible and nutritious, and is used as a leaf vegetable, often raw in salads or in green juices.

Personality

Family
Caryophyllaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
None

Problems

Generally problem free

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