Lamb’s Quarter • Chenopodiacae
Conditions: Allergic rhinitis; allergic asthma; allergic conjunctivitis.
Symptoms: Itchy, stuffy, or runny nose; post-nasal drip; sneezing; itchy, red or watery eyes; asthmatic symptoms.
Physical description: Weedy annual plant that can grow 3-5 feet tall; light green triangular or diamond-shaped leaves with a dusty white coat on the underside of the leaf; green stems with a grove that may have a reddish tinge.
Environmental factors: Found in gardens, lawns, roadsides, waste areas, croplands, and pastures; highly prolific; easily adapted to all soil and climate types.
Cross-reactivity: Amaranth; burning bush; pigweed; russian thistle.
- “Lamb’s–quarter.”Merriam-Webster. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lamb’s–quarter
- “Plants Profile for Chenopodium album (lambs quarters).” USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service. https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=chal7
- “Patterns of Allergen Cross-Reactivity.”The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. https://www.aaaai.org/Aaaai/media/MediaLibrary/PDF%20Documents/ Immunotherapy%20Forms/3c-Allergen-cross-reactivity-patterns.pdf
Did You Know?
Lamb’s quarter is a part of the daisy family and its young leaves can be eaten fresh, boiled, or fried.