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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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21 July, 2015

Common Chickweed: chicken feed | Nature Notes from Dorset

Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) just has to be our commonest agricultural weed. It grows on rich soils where there are bare patches and that can include flower beds in your garden! Where it grows it usually forms large clusters of sprawling, prostrate, bright green plants with small white flowers. There are five species of chickweed, whilst this is the most common it pays to just take a second look to make sure it is not lesser, greater, water or upright chickweed although the differences are quite clear when you know them.
It will not surprise you to learn that the name common chickweed came about as this is a plant that chickens do like to eat. So it is a common weed eaten by chickens hence to the common name. 

Read more: Common Chickweed: chicken feed | Nature Notes from Dorset