Search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists.
Chenopodium album L.
Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)
USDA Symbol: CHAL7
USDA Native Status: L48 (N,I), AK (I), HI (I), CAN (N,I), GL (I), SPM (I)
This species includes varieties that are not native to North America, e.g. Chenopodium album var. album, Lambsquarters.
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.
From the Image Gallery
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Notes: Stems erect to sprawling, up to about 10 feet long.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , 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 ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
Learn more at BAMONA
Common Sootywing |
Learn more at BAMONA
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording 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
BibliographyBibref 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
Search More Titles in Bibliography
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Chenopodium album in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Chenopodium album in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Chenopodium album
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-03-20
Research By: TWC Staff