Chickweed

Stellaria media

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About

Common Chickweed is a common wildflower, found everywhere from seabird colonies to gardens and roadside verges. It particularly likes disturbed ground, so much so, it is sometimes considered a weed. As its common name suggests, it was used as feed for chickens and cage-birds and is still popular today. Common Chickweed is an annual that produces small white flowers which can be seen all year-round.

How to identify

Common Chickweed has small, star-like, white flowers, and oval, fresh green leaves.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • Novermber
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

How can people help

Many of our so-called 'weeds' are beneficial to wildlife, providing food for nectar-loving insects and shelter for minibeasts. Try leaving wilder areas in your garden, such as patches of flowers in your lawn, Stinging Nettles near the compost heap and Common Chickweed in the vegetable patch, and see who comes to visit... To find out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Chickweed
Latin name
Stellaria media
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Height: up to 30cm
Conservation status
Common.