Common Name(s) Fat Hen
Latin Name Chenopodium Album
Description The plants grow up to about 60 cm's ( 2 feet ) tall.  The stems have a reddish tinge and usually the leaves are oval or diamond shaped with a pointed tip. The edges to the leaves can be toothed or smooth. Tiny green flowers form in tightly packed clusters at the top of the stems.
Hazards Poisoning can occur if eaten in  large amounts. Exposure of the skin to sunlight after eating this plant can cause severe skin damage.
Effects Vomiting, diarrhoea, blistering of the skin and ulcers which are slow to heal.
Flowering Period Late summer
Location Common on wasteland, also as a weed amongst crops and can be found on arable land.