Family: Rubiaceae

Scientific Name: Galium verum

Common Name: Yellow Bedstraw, Ladys Bedstraw

DescriptionAn heirloom plant used for stuffing mattresses to curdling cheese to an assortment of aliment remedies.
Plant TypePerennials Hardy
Hardiness Zone5
Moistureaverage, tolerates some dryness (native to dry cliffs by the sea)
Soil & Siteaverage
Flowerssmall yellow flowers in compact panicles
Leavesgreen, thin, borne in whorls
Stemssquare stems
Dimensions8-30 inches
Misc FactsIn the Middle Ages, it was used to stuff mattresses, giving them a pleasant smell and warding off flees. Introduced to USA from Europe. The genus name Galium from Greek gala for milk. Used to curdle cheese and give the cheese a yellow color. Red and yellow dies can be obtained from this plant.
Notes & Reference#49-The History and Folklore of North American Wildflowers (Timothy Coffey)
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