Fat Hen



Hazard Information

Route: Ingestion     Plant Part: Leaf

Scale: Low

Vomiting, diarrhoea, blistering and slow to heal ulcers. Skin can be severely damaged by sun exposure after eating this plant.


Common Name(s)

Fat Hen

Latin Name

Chenopodium Album


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.


Poisoning can occur if eaten in  large amounts. Exposure of the skin to sunlight after eating this plant can cause severe skin damage.


Vomiting, diarrhoea, blistering of the skin and ulcers which are slow to heal.

Flowering Period

Late summer


Common on wasteland, also as a weed amongst crops and can be found on arable land.