COMMON LAMBSQUARTER

(Chenopodium album)

COMMON NAMES:

melde, goosefoot, and pigweed

DESCRIPTION:

A rapidly-growing weedy annual that can reach up to five feet.  The leaves are 3-7 cm long, 3-6 cm wide, alternate, toothed, and roughly diamond-shaped. The leaves closest to the flowering stem are 1-5 cm long, 0.5-2 cm wide, and lanceolate-rhomboid shaped. All leaves have a waxy appearance with a whitish underside. The little flowers grow on a close-packed inflorescence and are radially symmetrical.

KEY FEATURES OF LAMBSQUARTER:

Goosefoot-shaped leaves that appear to be dusty due to a waxy white coating.

HABITAT:

Lamb’s quarter thrives as a garden weed, along irrigation ditches, rivers, streams, fields, disturbed soils, and waste areas.

CONTROL:

The herbicide that can be used to control Common lambsquarter is Roundup. For more information and mixing instructions on herbicides read the labels or contact the SCWP office.