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Upright Hedge Bedstraw

Galium album erectum

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rubiaceae (Bedstraw)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Grassland, hedgerows, roadsides, wasteland, woodland.

White, 4 petals
Small clusters of small white flowers. Flowers are pointed at their tips. The tips each have a small bristle attached to them. The flowers are larger than those of the similar Hedge Bedstraw (Galium album). The petals are also less pointed.
The fruit is a small, wrinkled nutlet. There are no bristles on the fruit, as with some species of bedstraw.
The oval to oblong leaves are in whorls of 6 to 8. The leaves are stalked and untoothed. The leaves are pointed with a small bristle at their tips. The leaves are narrower than those of Hedge Bedstraw (Galium album). Can be found all over England, Wales and Scotland but not in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
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Galium album is a species of flowering plant in the family Rubiaceae. It is native to Europe and Asia, but has been introduced to other parts of the world as an ornamental plant. The plant has thin, wiry stems with small, green leaves and clusters of small, white flowers. It is often found growing in meadows, fields, and along roadsides. It is sometimes referred to as "white bedstraw" or "hay-rakes."

I'm not familiar with the term "Galium album erectum," and it is possible that this is a synonym or a misidentified name for a different species. It is important to note that common names for plants can vary by region, and it is always best to use the scientific name to ensure that you are accurately identifying a plant.


Upright Hedge Bedstraw (Galium album erectum) is a beautiful and versatile plant species that belongs to the Rubiaceae family. It is native to Europe and is commonly found in fields, meadows, and along roadsides. This species is known for its greenish-white flowers that bloom in the summer and its dense, upright habit. In this blog, we will take a closer look at the features, benefits, and care requirements of Upright Hedge Bedstraw.


  • Height: Upright Hedge Bedstraw can grow up to 40 cm tall.
  • Leaves: It has small, lance-shaped leaves that are arranged in whorls of 6 to 8.
  • Flowers: The plant produces small, greenish-white flowers that bloom in the summer.
  • Habit: It has a dense, upright habit that makes it an excellent choice for hedges, borders, and screens.


  • Ornamental value: Upright Hedge Bedstraw is a great choice for adding visual interest to any garden. Its greenish-white flowers are a beautiful addition to summer gardens.
  • Wildlife habitat: The plant provides food and shelter for a variety of wildlife species, including bees and butterflies.
  • Easy care: Upright Hedge Bedstraw is easy to care for and does not require much maintenance.

Care requirements

  • Soil: The plant prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate a range of soil types, including clay and sandy soils.
  • Sun: It prefers full sun or partial shade.
  • Water: It is drought-tolerant and does not need much water. However, it will benefit from occasional watering during extended periods of drought.
  • Pruning: Pruning is not necessary but can be done in early spring to maintain its shape and control its size.

In conclusion, Upright Hedge Bedstraw is a beautiful and versatile plant species that is perfect for adding visual interest to any garden. With its dense, upright habit, it is an excellent choice for hedges, borders, and screens. It is easy to care for and does not require much maintenance, making it a great choice for gardeners of all levels.


Upright Hedge Bedstraw can be propagated through seeds or cuttings.

  • Seed propagation: Seeds can be sown in the fall or spring. Cover the seeds with a light layer of soil and keep the soil moist until germination occurs.
  • Cutting propagation: Cuttings can be taken in late spring or early summer. Cuttings should be at least 5 cm long and taken from healthy shoots. Dip the cuttings in rooting hormone and plant them in a well-draining potting mix. Keep the cuttings in a bright, sheltered location and water regularly until they are established.

Pests and Diseases

Upright Hedge Bedstraw is relatively disease-free and pest-resistant. However, it may be susceptible to rust, a fungal disease that can cause yellow spots on the leaves. To prevent rust, avoid overcrowding plants and provide adequate air circulation.


Upright Hedge Bedstraw is an excellent choice for a variety of landscape applications. It can be used as a ground cover, in rock gardens, and as an edging plant. It is also a great choice for wildlife gardens and can be used to create natural-looking screens and borders.

In conclusion, Upright Hedge Bedstraw is a beautiful and versatile plant species that is easy to care for and provides many benefits for the garden. With its ornamental value, wildlife habitat, and ease of propagation, it is an excellent choice for any gardener. Whether used as a ground cover, in rock gardens, or as an edging plant, Upright Hedge Bedstraw is sure to add beauty and interest to any landscape.

If you are looking to incorporate Upright Hedge Bedstraw into your garden, be sure to provide it with well-drained soil, full sun or partial shade, and occasional watering during periods of drought. With proper care, this plant species can thrive and bring beauty and interest to your garden for many years to come.