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Common Cleavers

Galium aparine

Plant Data

Order:
Gentianales
Family:
Rubiaceae (Bedstraw)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Tiny, white, 4 petals, in branching clusters.
Fruit:
Green globular fruits covered in minute hooks which easily stick to animal fur and clothing. The fruit are called 'burrs'.
Leaves:
Sticky leaves which appear in whorls of 6 to 8, along the square stems. Leaflets have entire margins, are broader near the tips and end in a point or bristle. The leaflets also have stiff hairs along the margins.
Maximum Size:
150cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The stems, leaves and flowers can all be eaten raw, however it's best eaten after being cooked. Roasted Cleaver seeds make a good coffee substitute. The leaves and stems when cooked can be used as a leaf vegetable, although the leaves are very sticky.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Honey-like fragrance.
Other Names:
Barweed, Bedstraw, Beggar Lice, Catchweed, Catchweed, Cliders, Cliders, Clithe, Clivers, Coachweed, Goosebill, Goosefoot, Grip Grass, Hariff, Kisses, Robin-run-the-hedge, Scratch Tongue, Stick-a-back, Stickeljack, Sticky Willow, Sticky Willy, Stickybud, Stickyjack, Stickyleaf, Stickyweed, Velcro Weed.
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, wasteland, woodland.