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Chenopodium album (Lambsquarters)
Bruso, George H.

Chenopodium album

Chenopodium album L.


Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)


USDA Symbol: chal7

USDA Native Status: L48 (NI), AK (I), HI (I), CAN (NI), GL (I), SPM (I)

On a branching plant, often with red-streaked stems, grow clustered spikes of minute, unstalked flowers.

Many of the introduced members of this family are weeds with non-showy flowers that invade lawns and gardens. Many more species of this genus are found North America, among them Mexican Tea (C. ambrosioides), an aromatic plant that has oblong or lanceolate leaves with wavy-toothed margins; and Jerusalem-oak (C. botrys), also aromatic but with has oak-like leaves.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AK , AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , HI , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , NT , ON , PE , QC , SK , YT
Native Distribution: Throughout North America, except Arctic islands.
Native Habitat: Cultivated land, disturbed sites, and roadsides.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Chenopodium album is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Western Pygmy-Blue
(Brephidium exilis)

Larval Host
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Common Sootywing
(Pholisora catullus)

Larval Host
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Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Chenopodium album in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Chenopodium album in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Chenopodium album


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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