Fast spreading creeping plant. Small, star-like white flowers, small oval leaves on a slender stem with hairs on just one side. The line of hairs moves to the opposite side of the stem after each pair of leaves.
Not a great favourite as a greenfood but can be safely fed in small amounts and is particularly valuable for dry, itchy skin conditions when used externally.
Chickweed is very high in calcium with a Ca:P of 3:1
Constituents: Saponins, coumarins, flavanoids, triterpenoids, carboxylic acids, vitamin C, calcium.
Actions: Anti-rheumatic, vulnerary, emollient, astringent and stops itching.