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Lady's Bedstraw

Galium verum

Plant Data

Order:
Gentianales
Family:
Rubiaceae (Bedstraw)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Tiny, bright golden yellow, forming dense clusters, 4 petals. Our only bedstraw with yellow flowers.
Fruit:
2-lobed, round, green capsules which are glossy and hairless. Later turning black and splitting in two, then falling to the ground with the seed remaining inside.
Leaves:
Very linear and needle-like. Stalkless. Normally in whorls of 8.
Maximum Size:
100cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves, stems and flowers can be used to make medicine for treating a whole plethora of different medical complaints, such as cancer, tumours, epilepsy, hysteria, and kidney, bile and respiratory diseases. The leaves and flowers can also be used to make tea. In the past the yellow flowers have been used to make dyes for butter, cheese and hair products, and the roots have been used to make a red dye.
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:
Flowers are scented like honey and the leaves smell of newly mown hay when dried out.
Other Names:
Cheese Rennet, Cheese Renning, Maid's Hair, Petty Mugget, True Bedstraw, Wirtgen's Bedstraw, Yellow Bedstraw, Yellow Spring Bedstraw.
Habitats:
Grassland.