Flora of Northern Ireland
Chenopodium album agg.
© Paul Hackney
Chenopodium album agg.
(Map updated: March 2008)
 

Fat hen (it was formerly used as a food for hens) is the commonest of all the goosefoots, which is the general name for Chenopodium species. Like many of the genus, it is covered by a silver-grey coating of swollen hairs giving it what is called a 'mealy' appearance.

It is a common weed of cultivated land, waste tips and disturbed soil.

All names: Chenopodium album agg. L.; Chenopodium reticulatum Aellen