Chickweed identification in Kansas City, St. Louis and Omaha, Nebraska
Stallaria media L.
|Synonyms||Alsine media, Alsine apetala. Arenaria vulgaris, Bindweed, Chickenwort, Craches, Maruns, Starweed, Satin Flower, Stellaria vulgaris. Tongue-grass, Winterweed|
|Life cycle: Winter annual; perennial in cool, moist areas
Growth Habit: Prostrate
Egg-shaped, pointed at apex
Root Type: Fibrous and shallow
Flower Color: White
Chickweed is a common annual weed that appears uninvited all across North America. Featuring white, star-shaped flowers, chickweed also sports pairs of green leaves and straggling stems. It grows densely and close to the ground, and likely won’t get much taller than a couple of inches. While chickweed prefers moisture-rich soils, it will grow in nearly any type of soil and under most conditions. What’s more, a single chickweed plant can produce an impressive 800 seeds in a single season — but that’s not the only way it spreads. This weed can even sprout new roots from the nodes on its stem and take over your lawn that way.
Identifying chickweed checklist:
– Alternating hairline along stem
– NO white sap
– Taste a tiny leaf, it should taste like corn silk
– Gently pull apart stem, it should have an elastic core in center
How to Kill Chickweed in the Lawn
In lawn areas, pull chickweed from the ground to expose the soil. The soil should then be aerated with an aerator or shovel. If using a shovel, place gashes in the ground at least two to three inches deep and every one or two square foot. Spread a combination of fertilizer and weed killer over the affected area to eradicate chickweed. Always read the instructions carefully before applying any type of chemical to ensure that it is done correctly and at an appropriate time. Also, note the best time to water the area. Once you do begin to water, continue to do so each day for about two to three weeks. Any leftover chickweed should begin to die while new grass replaces it.
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