Lamb's Quarters

Chenopodium album var. centrorubrum

  • Lamb's Quarters
  • Lamb's Quarters
  • Flower name
    Lamb's Quarters
  • Scientific name
    Chenopodium album var. centrorubrum
  • AliasLamb's Quarters
  • Place of originEurope
  • Place of floweringFields and footpaths
  • Flowering seasonSeptember, October

What is Lamb's Quarters

Lamb's Quarters (scientific name: Chenopodium album var. centrorubrum) is an annual herbaceous wildflower of the genus Acanthaceae, native to Europe. It is distributed in wilderness areas all over the world. In Japan, it is distributed from Hokkaido to Kyushu and Okinawa. The stem is upright and branched at the top. The stems turn woody in autumn and make excellent canes. The shoots are covered with red powdery grains, which is why they are called redwood. The leaves are rhombus-shaped, with larger leaves at the bottom. In autumn, small yellow-green flowers bloom from the leaf axils and branch tips as the inflorescence grows. It is a wind-borne flower and its pollen is scattered and causes allergy.
Similarly, the white shoots are called white lamb's feathers (scientific name: Chenopodium album).
There is a genus of quinoa (kinuwa, scientific name: Chenopodium quinoa) in the same genus.


  • Eye
    Caryophyllales
  • Family
    Amaranthaceae
  • Genus
    Chenopodium
  • Species
    Chenopodium album, C. a. var. centrorubrum
  • Type of flower
    Left-right symmetrical flower
  • Array of flower
    Spikelet inflorescence
  • Petal shape
    Five-petal
  • Leaf type
    rhombic
  • Edge of the leaf
    Serrated
  • Life typeannual herbaceous wildflower
  • Flower colorsGreen
  • Colors of the leavesGreen
  • Fruit colorGreen
  • Height50.0 ~ 100.0 cm
  • Diameter of flower0.2 ~ 0.6 cm

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