Common Chickweed, Stellaria media, is a highly nutritious common plant that many overlook as an invasive garden weed. You can eat it raw, add it to salads or boil and serve it like greens. Medicinally, this is an excellent plant for ulcers, cuts and skin conditions. It can be used as a poultice or made into an ointment and applied to the affected area.
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Common Chickweed Sources:
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