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CHENOPODIUM album

Image of Chenopodium album

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Family

Chenopodiaceae

Botanical Name

CHENOPODIUM album

Plant Common Name

Lambsquarters

General Description

Most Chenopodium species are field weeds and lambsquarters is no exception. It is Eurasian in origin and favored as a favorite green in some parts of the world, particularly India. Populations have naturalized and spread across the globe.

This herbaceous annual weed is fast-growing, has a shrubby habit and alternate leaves. Leaf shape is comparable to a goosefoot with irregularly toothed edges and the younger leaves tend to be silvery green. The upright, silver green flowers are inconspicuous and wind-pollinated. In fact, the wind borne pollen of lambsquarters is known to cause allergies in some people. A single plant can release hundreds of seeds, so be sure to pull these weeds before they complete their life cycle.

This weed grows best in full to partial sun and will tolerate almost any well-drained soil. It is very easy to pull out, which is one of its chief benefits.

Characteristics

  • Plant Type

    Annual

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Native To

    World/Pandemic, Europe, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Yes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes