Plant ID forum: Chickweed

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Name: Ross Radford
Northern California - Central (Zone 9b)
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RossWindows
Feb 25, 2012 1:48 PM CST
This is growing all over my back yard and it looks very similar to an picture I saw a while ago regarding an edible species. Could this be the same plant I read about?
What is this and is it edible?

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Name: Ross Radford
Northern California - Central (Zone 9b)
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RossWindows
Feb 25, 2012 1:59 PM CST
I suppose it would help to give my location...
This is in the central valley of Northern California, growing in a substrate of sandy peat.
I just added the mulch a couple days ago so you can ignore that.

Thanks for your help!
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frostweed
Feb 25, 2012 2:26 PM CST
I think it is Chickweed and it is edible Smiling ; http://www.ppws.vt.edu/scott/weed_id/steme.htm
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Name: Ross Radford
Northern California - Central (Zone 9b)
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RossWindows
Feb 25, 2012 2:38 PM CST
Aha! That was the name, Chickweed! I knew it was something simple!
Now that I have a good idea that it's edible, I'll admit I ate a small piece a few days ago.
Tasted good and no ill effects, but I wanted to make sure before I ate any more. :)
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Feb 25, 2012 3:14 PM CST

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We had chickweed in our salad last night. We snip off the leaves (one by one) rather than throw it all in. I find the stems can be slightly bitter and fibrous enough to make them a bit difficult to chew.
Name: Ross Radford
Northern California - Central (Zone 9b)
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RossWindows
Feb 25, 2012 9:35 PM CST
Hey thanks for the tip Dave,

Come to think of it, It might have been your episode on The Survival Podcast that mentioned chickweed. That was a great show and that's what brought me here, by the way.

Thanks again,
Ross
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kqcrna
Feb 26, 2012 4:22 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome, Ross!

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Feb 26, 2012 1:01 PM CST

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Welcome! I remember talking about chickweed. Congratulations on having it, and getting it ID'ed. It's a great springtime weed.

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