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Crosswort

Cruciata laevipes

Plant Data

Order:
Gentianales
Family:
Rubiaceae (Bedstraw)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Minute pale yellow flowers that are borne in clusters around the base of the leaves. 4 petals.
Fruit:
Tiny, round nutlets. Black when ripe.
Leaves:
Leaves are pale green, hairy, simple, entire and elliptical. They are in whorls of 4 going along the stems. In fact, only 2 out of the 4 of those leaves are real leaves; the other two are stipules.
Maximum Size:
50cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves are edible. It can be cooked like spinach, or eaten raw in a salad.
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:
Fragrant flowers.
Other Names:
Maiden's Hair, Maywort, Smooth Bedstraw.
Habitats:
Grassland, hedgerows, meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, scrub, woodland.