Common chickweed plant

Common chickweed - Stellaria media (L.) Vill.

Common Chickweed – Stellaria media (L.) Vill.

Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)


MI Status


Life Cycle

Winter annual


Leaves are opposite, teardrop shaped, light green in color, and toothless along their margins.  The leaves are hairless on the upper surface while the lower surface may have sparse hairs.  Petioles, when present, are hairy.


Stems are branching and low growing or prostrate.  They are light green in color and have a line of hairs down each side. 

Flowers and fruit

Flowers are very small and consist of 5 white, deeply notches petals.  Each flower will be replaced by a cylindrical seed capsule.  The capsules contain many minute seeds.  The tiny seeds are pale tan to a reddish brown in color. 



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Common chickweed seedling


Common chickweed Cover Crop rating May 6 2015 (76)
Common chickweed
Common chickweed flower AgFarm April 2010
Common chickweed flower
Chickweed seed AgFarm May 2010
Common chickweed seed

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