Fat-hen: pernitious weed yet valuable food crop | Nature Notes from Dorset

Anyone who has been for a walk in the countryside and crossed farm land will have seen fat-hen (Chenopodium album) but many will not have given it a second glance, if they noticed it in the first place. Fat-hen is one of the most common weeds of cultivation and yet one of the most nondescript. It has little to attract attention or single it out from other plants.
It is quite variable in appearance and can grow anything up to five feet tall although often it is much, much smaller. The flowers hardly look like flowers at all being crusty in appearance and dull white in colour; they look as though they are yet to fully open. The leaves are pale green with the ones at the bottom looking a bit mealy! Overall, it is wishy-washy, untidy and unremarkable.

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