Friday, July 13, 2012
green finger tips - chickweed
Introducing Common Chickweed
Stellaria media is known as Common Chickweed or Stichweed. Though it is thought of as a "weed", it is edible and has medicinal uses.
Common Chickweed in the organic garden
Common Chickweed has a myriad of benefits for the organic garden. Chickweed is a great living green mulch plant. It can spread like a pest but your soil's fertility will improve especially if you use it as a green manure. Just pull the plants out and lay them on the soil to decompose.
Chickweed for Chickens
Chickens can be fed on Chickweed and they will flourish. Rabbits are happy to nibble chickweed with their daily fresh greens.
Chickweed for moths and butterflies
These are some of the Lepidoptera species known to feed on chickweed:
Angle Shades ,Heart and Dart ,Riband Wave and Setaceous Hebrew Character
Medicinal and culinary uses for Chickweed
Common Chickweed is used to assist with bronchitis, athritis and period pain. Chickweed is said to cure mange and other skin diseases.
It can be eaten raw in salads and added to stews.