Common Chickweed, Winter weed or Chickenwort! Part 1 of Caryophyllaceae (the Alsinoideae)

A typical sprawling plant of Chickweed (picture by I, Hugo – Wikipedia)

Chickweed or Stellaria media

is one of the weeds mentioned on the RHS site.

So a good reason for a post on this plant and its relatives!

It is a member of the Caryophyllaceae or Pink/Campion Family which is number 94 in Stace. 

I will be using a different flora than the usual Stace for this and the following blog on  members of this family, which is ‘The Wild Flower Key’ by F. Rose.  

The keys in this book are more straightforward.

The key to the main Campion family (Caryophyllaceae) is  subdivided in 6 more keys:

Don’t you just love all these common names?

We begin on the next page with the four last groups, which are the more weedy sorts!

The coloured backgrounds are blue for general interesting facts. Green for all sorts of uses such as food, ornamental, wildlife, etc. Pink for medicinal use or if the plant is poisonous!

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