Chickweed is an annual, undemanding plant that can « live even on flat ice ». The plant's weak stems mostly trail along the ground, it's easy to uproot accidentally. The stems are 5 – 40 cm tall, and branch very frequently, and has fine hairs on only one side of the stem in a single band. There is a string located inside the stems, that can easily be identified by brakng the stem. The leaves are opposite and ovate with a point at the tip. It has tiny white flowers with five deeply notched petals that look like ten.
Confusion with other plants
Chickweed can easily be confused with species of the Cerastium spp. However, in case of the mouse-ear chickweed, the petals are much less notched, they do not look like ten. They are not toxic, but tough and their taste is insignificant.
- Common chickweed