Other names: Common chickweed
Life cycle: Winter annual
Found in: Throughout North America except the far West, primarily in small winter grains.
General description: Low-growing plant with a shallow, fibrous root system and stems running
prostrate along the ground, taking root at the nodes.
Seedlings: Cotyledons are ovate with a red thin hypocotyl that is sparsely hairy.
True leaves: Opposite, oval or elliptic, ranging in length from ½" to 1¼". Light green and smooth or sometimes hairy at the base.
Flowers and fruit: Flowers are small and white, and bloom alone or in clusters at the ends of stems. Fruit is a whitish, one-celled capsule containing many seeds.