An heirloom plant used for stuffing mattresses to curdling cheese to an assortment of aliment remedies.
average, tolerates some dryness (native to dry cliffs by the sea)
Soil & Site
small yellow flowers in compact panicles
green, thin, borne in whorls
In 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)