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Field Madder

Sherardia arvensis

Plant Data

Order:
Gentianales
Family:
Rubiaceae (Bedstraw)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Tiny pale pink, 4 petals, surrounded by leaf-like bracts.
Fruit:
Egg-shaped, up to 3mm long, with 2 lobes that separate into oblong and slightly curved nutlets upon ripening.
Leaves:
The leaves are in whorls of 4 to 6 along the stems. Each leaf is linear and pointed, up to 8mm long.
Maximum Size:
40cm tall.
Other Names:
Blue Field Madder, Herb Sherard, Meadow Bedstraw, Spurwort.
Habitats:
Cliffs, farmland, grassland, hedgerows, lawns, roadsides, sand dunes, wasteland.