Chickweed (Stellaria media)
Wild Flowers of Sleepy Hollow Lake From All-Creatures.org Art and Photo Journals and Galleries Directory
Dedicated to the Preservation and Restoration of the Whole of Creation: Humans - Animals - Environment
"And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.
And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day" (Genesis 1:31)
Common Chickweed (Stellaria media)
Table of Contents
(Chickweed, Common (Stellaria media) - 04
) There are about twenty-five
species of chickweed growing in the United States. This common chickweed
species is the only one that is well known. This small patch is growing in
the rip-rap along our shoreline.
(Chickweed, Common (Stellaria media) - 05
This is another patch of common chickweed growing among other plants. The common chickweed flowers are only
about one-fourth of an inch across. To give some sense of scale to the size of
the chickweed, note the dry pine needles that stretch two-thirds of the way across this photo.
(Chickweed, Common (Stellaria media) - 01
Even the small flowers of God's creation have an amazing amount of detail. The common chickweed has five
deeply notched petals and five sepals. In some species, the sepals are larger than
the petals. This common chickweed has five styles curling up from the center of the
flower and ten stamens stretching out from around the base.
(Chickweed, Common (Stellaria media) - 02
Chickweed is a member of the Pink family. Chickweed blooms throughout the growing season and produces a large
number of seeds. The seeds of the common chickweed are relished by songbirds, which led to its common name.
(Chickweed, Common (Stellaria media) - 03
The ten stamens are much more evident in this photo. Note the hairy underside of the sepals on the bud in the
lower left of the photo. The same hairiness appears also on the leaves and stems.
(Chickweed, Common (Stellaria media) - 06
Many people consider the common chickweed to be nothing more than a "common weed" and an unwelcome
inhabitant of their lawns. But to us, and hopefully to a growing number of other
people, the common chickweed has a beauty and character worthy of being a welcomed guest.
| Wild Flowers of SHL:
| Art and Photos |
Presented here are just a few of the countless components of God's creation.
Just as we cannot have human and animal life without water and plants, neither
can we have lasting peace without love and compassion. It is our hope and
prayer that this series will motivate people to live and act in a cruelty-free
manner; that we would no longer hurt or destroy each other, the animals or our