What Is This Plant? Lamb's Quarters

Lamb's quarters plant (Chenopodium album) at twilight.
Known by common names such as lamb's quarter, pigweed, and goosefoot, chenopodium album is a fast-growing annual. It is mostly considered a weed, but the young shoots are eaten around the world, and has been found in ancient food storages. This is a page about, "What is this plant? lamb's quarters".


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July 21, 2015

The second mystery plant in my yard originally looked almost like a little pepper plant, but it got a lot bigger and made all these little green seed pod clusters (which I opened up to inspect). The weird part is that I don't recall it ever blooming, and I was watching for flowers. Ignore the white flower ball in the background. That's my onion blooming.

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August 11, 20150 found this helpful
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This looks like lamb's Quarters to me (Chenopodium album). The leaves should be mealy--tiny powdery granules that rub off-- and yes the flowers are very, VERY inconspicuous.


A tasty wild edible when first sprouting.

August 11, 20150 found this helpful
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Yes this appears to be lamb's quarters. Edible when young, monstrous weed when tall, but it should be easy to pull.

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