Family: Caryophyllaceae, pink family
Genus, species: Stellaria media
Leaves are short, ovate.
Flowers are small with five white petals. Petals are so deeply cleft that flowers seem to have ten petals. Sepals are longer than petals.
Chickweed is often eaten by chickens, hence the name "chickweed."
The genus name Stellaria is from the Latin for "star-like," referring to the star-shaped flowers. The species name media is from the Latin for "intermediate" or "mid-sized."