|Gardens,fields, and disturbed ground.
8 - 38 cms.
Edible and nutritious, and is used as a leaf vegetable, often raw in
salads. It is one of the ingredients of the symbolic dish consumed in
the Japanese spring-time festival, Nanakusa-no-sekku. It has been used
as a remedy to treat itchy skin conditions and pulmonary diseases.17th
century herbalist John Gerard, recommended it as a remedy for
mange. Modern herbalists mainly prescribe it for skin diseases, and
also for bronchitis, rheumatic pains, arthritis and period pain. A
poultice of chickweed can be applied to cuts, burns and bruises.
Not all of these uses are supported by scientific evidence.