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Lambsquarters
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A species of Goosefoots, Also known as Lamb's Quarters, Fat-Hen, Goosefoot, Wild Spinach , White goosefoot, Melde
Botanical name : Chenopodium album Genus : Goosefoots

Lambsquarters, A species of Goosefoots
Also known as:
Lamb's Quarters, Fat-Hen, Goosefoot, Wild Spinach , White goosefoot, Melde
Botanical name: Chenopodium album
Genus: Goosefoots
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Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album)

Description

Lambsquarters has many other names, including pigweed, goosefoot, and bacon weed. This plant seems to appear out of nowhere and is considered by many to be a pesky weed. However, the greens of this plant are edible, can be prepared similar to spinach, and are packed with nutrients.
Plant Type
Herb
Bloom Time
Summer, autumn
Flower Color
Green
Yellow
Pink
Leaf Color
Green
White
Gray
Silver
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General Info

Name story

Lambsquarters
The name, Lambsquarters is believed to be related to the British harvest festival Lammas quarter. To celebrate this festival, the British people will offer lamb as sacrifices and vegetables made by Chenopodium album. Thus, it is called Lambsquarters.
White goosefoot
You can't imagine that such a small plant can produce more than 50,000 seeds. If you spot it in the garden, you must remove it with no sign of mercy. How do you identify it? Its leaves are shaped like goose feet, and the surface is covered with a layer of white fur. The layer of fur on the back of the leaves is more compact. Looking from a distance, the plant looks like it's covered with a layer of white frost, which is why it's called white goosefoot.

Symbolism

toughness, persistence, abundance, healing

Usages

Garden Use
Lambsquarters is an herbaceous plant that can be grown indoors or outdoors. This plant is known to be weedy. If planting in your garden, take care to observe what plants are nearby as it can take much-needed nutrients from the soil and contaminate crop seeds.

Is lambsquarters a poisonous weed?

Lambsquarters can be tricky - some varieties, such as the White Goosefoot, are edible, while others, such as the Narrowleaf Goosefoots, can be highly toxic to humans and animals.

What happens if a dog takes a bite on lambsquarters?

Some Chenopodium album, such as White Goosefoots (Chenopodium album), are non-toxic and used as animal feed, whereas some other species can be highly toxic especially to foraging livestock.

Is it a Weed?

Lambsquarters is the most common kind of weed. Threatening up to 40 species in 47 countries, it has been regarded as one of the most harmful weeds in the world. With its strong reproductive capability, each plant can roughly produce ranging from 200 to 20000 seeds with the lifespan exceeding 30 years. Lambsquarters has caused a massive yield reduction in the past leading to environmental harm, cow and sheep food poisoning, etc.

Toxicity

Although the lambsquarters is not commonly considered to be a toxic plant, high concentrations of nitrates, oxalates, and sulfates can accumulate in the plant's stems and leaves. With some varieties being used as a food, the issue lies in over-consumption, although those who have kidney stones or hyperacidity may experience its toxic effects even after a low dose. Poisoning symptoms include ataxia, depression, weakness, and tremors. Most will recover without medical attention after they stop consuming the plant, but those who have other health issues will need to see a doctor.
Due to the high amount of pollen produced by the lambsquarters, this plant is also known for triggering seasonal allergies.

Toxicity in Animals

Ruminants, meaning cattle, goat, and sheep, are susceptible to a number of toxic compounds within the lambsquarters, including nitrates and oxalates, while household pets, such as dogs and cats, don't tend to show an adverse reaction. Although the toxic compounds can be found throughout the plant, they concentrate in the stems and leaves, and curious or hungry animals who decide to forage on the plant will likely be poisoned.
Symptoms include difficulty breathing, a brown mucus in the mouth, and acute respiratory failure, which leads to sudden death. Pregnant animals who forage on plants that are particularly high in nitrates may abort. All livestock pastures should be regularly checked and cleared of the lambsquarters, with herbicides used annually in heavily-infested areas.

Environmental Threats

Lambsquarters is an invasive weed native to Europe. Now, it has become a weedy naturalized species in Africa, North America, Oceania, Australia and even Antarctica.

Potential Risks

Since the Chenopodium genus contains a number of edible plants, toxic varieties of goosefoot can sometimes be mistakenly consumed.

How to Control it

With a short taproot, the lambsquarters is usually easy to pull out from the ground, making removal of the plant from a garden no problem. The only way in which the lambsquarters spreads is through its seeds, making it relatively easy to contain the plant in a garden if you would prefer to continue growing it - simply cut off the flower heads before they have the chance to produce seeds. If you live in a cold climate, keep in mind that this means that the plant will not reappear the following year - the lambsquarters is susceptible to frost, and it is usually its fallen seeds that produce new plants the following year.

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