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common name for some members of the Caryophyllaceae, a family of small herbs found chiefly in north temperate zones (especially the Mediterranean area) but with several genera indigenous to south temperate zones and high altitudes of tropical mountains.
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(Stellaria media), an annual plant of the family Caryophyllaceae. It grows on moist soil, in gardens, fields, orchards, and weedy areas, as well as near dwellings; sometimes it is found in forests and thickets. Chickweed is a troublesome weed, predominantly infesting vegetable fields and gardens. It yields two or three generations from spring to fall; it also reproduces vegetatively. Chickweed survives the winter. It sometimes poisons certain agricultural animals and can be fatal; it does not harm hogs and geese.