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Lambsquarters, Goosefoot, Wild Spinach
Scientific Name: Chenopodium album L.
Synonym: Chenopodium hookerianum, Blitum viride, Atriplex viridis, Chenopodium viride, Atriplex alba, Chenopodium standleyanum, Chenopodium missouriense, Chenopodium leiospermum, Chenopodium lanceolatum, Chenopodium hybridum, Chenopodium glomerulosum, Chenopodium giganteum, Chenopodium eualbum, Anserina candicans, Chenopodium candicans, Chenopodium borbasii, Chenopodium amaranticolor, Botrys alba, Vulvaria albescens
Family: Chenopodiaceae
Lambsquarters, Goosefoot, Wild Spinach (Chenopodium  album)
Bill Summers. USDA SCS. 1989. Midwest wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: 4-10

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Probably Europe, naturalized all over the world

Growth Habits: Annual, 1 to 3 feet tall or more (30-90 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water

Propagation: Seeds

Generally considered an invasive weed, its leaves can be cooked and eaten as spinach, many people considering that it actually tastes better than spinach. Due to its ability to concentrate nitrates, it is better not to use it for food when it has grown in areas that have been fertilized.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 10. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc.

Blooming Habits:
Inconspicuous green flowers, in mid summer into mid fall. The fruit contains tiny edible black seeds eaten by the birds.

Fruiting Habits:

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