Common Chickweed

Chickweed is a winter annual that grows from seeds, sprouting in fall. It's a sprawling, succulent plant that usually grows about 2 inches high in lawns, but can be taller in garden beds. Small, soft green leaves line hairy stems, and tiny white flowers bloom in clusters on the stems' ends. Seeds are spread by wind and birds.

Chickweed thrives in cool, wet weather and forms a dense mat that competes for nutrients with neighboring plants.


Chickweed is found throughout the United States.

Related or Similar Plants

Mouse-ear chickweed, sticky chickweed.

Cultural Solutions

  • Avoid overwatering, especially in shady areas.
  • Hoe, pull or spot-treat seedlings before they set seed.
  • Mulch planting beds to smother weeds.
  • Overseed thinning grass
  • Mow lawns as high as possible.