How to Identify Chickweed

Overview

As gardeners wage a continuing war for their landscapes, weed identification is important. If you don't know what weeds you're battling, though, you won't know the proper means to eliminate them. Chickweed, for example, is an invasive weed that often appears in the early spring.

Step 1

Examine the foliage of the chickweed plants. Because there are two varieties of chickweed, you may find slight differences in the chickweed appearance. Mouseear chickweed and common chickweed are similar in growth habits and appearance; however, mouseear chickweed has fuzzy hairs on the leaves and stems and common chickweed does not.

Step 2

Look for oval leaves that are dark green in color. The leaves grow opposite each other on the stems. As chickweed grows and spreads, thick patches often spring up in landscapes. Often the stems continue to root along the soil at the leaf nodes.

Step 3

Check for flowers on the chickweed. Both the flowers of mouseear chickweed and common chickweed have dainty white petals that resemble tiny daisies. Chickweed blooms almost continuously. Chickweed fruit is long and curved and usually contains brown seeds.

References

  • Washington State University Extension: Common Chickweed
  • University of Illinois Extension: Identifying Early-Season Weed Species
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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.