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Common Knotgrass

Polygonum aviculare

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Polygonaceae (Dock)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
3-6 tiny flowers clumped together at leaf axils, tepals being either white, pale pink or pinkish-red. 5 petals.
Fruit:
Dark red or brown, 3-edged achene.
Leaves:
Alternate leaves which are oblong-oval and have pointed tips. Short-stalked and toothless margins.
Maximum Size:
60cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Both the leaves and seeds are edible, raw or cooked. High in zinc. The leaves can be used as a tea substitute.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Little or no scent at all.
Other Names:
Bird Grass, Birdweed, Doorweed, Iron Grass, Low Grass, Mat Grass, Pigweed, Prostrate Knotweed, Stone Grass.
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, lawns, roadsides, wasteland.