Seed
Seedling
Flowering Plant

Ladys Bedstraw

Wild Flower

(Galium verum)

This is a weakly stemmed, sprawling species, when cut is has a notable sweet smell.

Uses

Persistence

A perennial species.

Strengths

Tolerant of lighter, sandy soils and some shady conditions.

Distinguishing characteristics

Seed

Seed
The seed is very small and spherical in shape. It is black with a smooth texture. The seed is 1-2mm in size.

Seedling

Seedling
The seedling produces a pair of slightly oblong cotyledons, on medium length petioles. The first true leaves are thinner and longer, arranged in whorls around the stem.

Flowering Plant

Flowering Plant
This is a dark, dull green coloured species. The leaves are arranged in whorls around a square stem. It has characterisitc four petalled yellow flowers. The roots can creep over the soil surface with stolons, potentially creating a mat if not managed in open swards.

Additional Info

Flowers June-September. Its long stems can reach 80cm in length, however its weak structure means it does not normally get to this height.

You can find Ladys Bedstraw in the following mixtures

History

In the past, people often used to sleep on a mattress of dried bedstraw and other plants, covered with a sheet. Such a mattress smelt pleasant and could easily be burnt and renewed when it became soiled. Bedstraw flowers were also used for curdling milk to make cheese, and a red dye was extracted from the stems.