Wintertime Is Chickweed Time: Selecting Chickweed

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Wintertime Is Chickweed Time

By dave
January 12, 2015

Whenever I give a talk to a garden club or group of master gardeners, I always make sure to spend a few minutes talking about one of my favorite plants, chickweed. Every person needs to know about this useful (and deliciously edible) plant.

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Name: Greene
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greene
Jan 11, 2015 7:46 PM CST
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How do we know which Chickweed types are the best tasting?
There are a whole lot of these listed in the database. Is it only the Stellaria media pictured in your article that is edible?
Thank You!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jan 11, 2015 8:31 PM CST

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Only Stellaria media is relevant to my experience with chickweeds. I have zero experience with the other "chickweeds" that are in a different genus.
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valleylynn
Jan 12, 2015 6:35 PM CST
Dave, is chickweed the one that produces the sticky seed pods later in the season?
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dave
Jan 12, 2015 7:22 PM CST

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What do you mean by sticky? The seed pods are not like sand burrs if that's what you mean.
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valleylynn
Jan 12, 2015 7:47 PM CST
I think I just saw the other weed in your first photo in the article. It is almost vine like and sticky. Not the same as your chickweed showing to the front of the photo.
I went back and looked again at the photo and saw the difference in leaves and stem. Sorry about the confusion. *Blush*
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dave
Jan 12, 2015 8:21 PM CST

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No problem at all! Smiling
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valleylynn
Jan 12, 2015 8:36 PM CST
Thank you Dave. Smiling
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LindaTX8
Jan 14, 2015 1:21 PM CST
Love chickweed, but haven't gotten around to looking for it due to bad weather and being busy with other things. But now that the weekend looks good, I think I'll try to look out by the creek!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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dave
Jan 14, 2015 2:22 PM CST

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Good hunting!

leemarie
Jan 17, 2015 9:21 AM CST
We have so many weeds (every weed known to man!) here in my area of SC. Lots of small, low, with tiny white flowers. I can't id chickweed. Would love to try it.
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LindaTX8
Jan 17, 2015 10:46 AM CST
Well, I did find some, but the feral hogs have been rooting so much out there that they probably destroyed many more.
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dave
Jan 17, 2015 12:14 PM CST

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Look for the 10 little white petals and unusual flower buds. If in doubt, take a photo of what you have and post it to our plant ID forum and we'll be very glad to help you figure out what you've got. Smiling
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piksihk
Jan 17, 2015 4:42 PM CST
Dave, is this them? The leaves looks slightly different from your photos.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jan 18, 2015 7:20 AM CST

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Yep, that's chickweed! Thumbs up

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