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Chenopodium album

Fat hen

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to October
  • Height0.1m to 1.5m
  • Spread0.5m to 0.8m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourPale green

Description

Chenopodium album (Fat hen). A tall clumped annual native to Britain & Northern Europe bearing pale green pink stems and ovate leaves. Spikes of pale green racemes or clustered spiked, tiny flowers appear in mid summer to autumn. Bears nut-like, black small fruits. Has been used as a vegetable and grain in the past and is a common weed species. Can grow to a height of 1.5m. STEM: Upright, often striped with pink, slightly ridged. ROOT: fibrous HAIRS: Small, swollen, giving a floury look STIPULES: Absent LEAF-STALK: Shorter than blade. BRACTS: Present FLOWER STALK: More or less stalkless SEPALS: 5-lobed perianth, each about 1mm, oval, sepal-like. STAMENS: 5 STIGMA: 2 on forked style OVARY: 1, 1-celled SEEDS: 1, faintly grooved.

Characteristics

Annual, Shrub

Origin

Britain & N. Europe

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow, waste land. Attracts butterflies

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Low salinity
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

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