Weeds

Chickweed

Chickweed
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Chickweed is widespread in North America from the Brooks Range in Alaska to all points south within North America and can grow from 3 to 8 inches high, and the plants will mat together and grow to about 16 inches long. The leaves, which have smooth edges, are no more than 1 inch long and can be as short as ½ inch and always grow in pairs, directly opposite each other on the stem. The stem itself is not smooth, having a line of hairs covering the entire length. The flowers themselves are petite, measuring just 1/8 inch across. They are white with five petals, giving them a star shape. Directly under the flower petals are five sepals, which look like leaves, and grow as long as the petals.
Chickweed is very prolific, especially in the spring when the taller flowers are not around to block out the sunlight.