As food
Stellaria media is edible and nutritious, and is used as

a leaf vegetable, often raw in salads. It is one of the

ingredients of the symbolic dish consumed in the

Japanese spring-time festival, Nanakusa-no-sekku.

S. media contains plant chemicals known as saponins,

which can be toxic when consumed in large quantities.

Chickweed has been known to cause saponin poisoning

in cattle. However, as the animal must consume several

kilos of chickweed in order to reach a toxic level, such

deaths are rare.


In folk medicine

The plant has medicinal purposes and is used in folk

medicine. It has been used as a remedy to treat itchy

skin conditions and pulmonary diseases. 17th

century herbalist John Gerard recommended it as a

remedy for mange. Modern herbalists prescribe it for

iron-deficiency anemia (for its high iron content), as

well as for skin diseases, bronchitis, rheumatic pains,

arthritis and period pain. Not all of these uses are

supported by scientific evidence. The plant was

used by the Ainu for treating bruises and aching bones.

Stems were steeped in hot water before being applied

externally to affected areas.



Stellaria media, chickweed, is a cool-season annual

plant native to Europe, but naturalized in many parts

of North America. It is used as a cooling herbal remedy,

and grown as a vegetable crop and ground cover for

both human consumption and poultry. It is sometimes

called common chickweed to distinguish it from other

plants called chickweed. Other common names include

chickenwort, craches, maruns, winterweed.

The plant germinates in autumn or late winter, then

forms large mats of foliage.

Flowers of the common chickweed
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots

(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Stellaria

Binomial name
Stellaria media
(L.) Vill.
Alsine media L.
Stellaria Apetala Ucria ex Roem.




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