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Galium verum
lady's bedstraw, yellow spring bedstraw

Distribution: In scattered localities west of the Cascades in Washington; widely distributed throughout North America in except along southern border of U.S.

Habitat: Escaping from cultivation to lawns, roadsides, and other open, disturbed areas.

Flowers: May July

Origin: Introduced

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial herbs from rhizomes, with numerous, erect, unbranched stems 3-12 dm. tall, densely puberulent at least in the inflorescence, with short, leafy offshoots growing from the base later in the season.


Leaves in whorls of 6-8, sometimes up to 12, narrowly linear, sessile, often finely hairy, 1-3 cm. long, sharp pointed, the margins revolute.


Flowers numerous in terminal, often branched panicles; calyx obsolete; corolla rotate, bright yellow, 2-4 mm. wide, the 4 lobes much longer than the tube; ovary 2-celled, inferior.


Fruit dry, 1-1.5 mm. high, glabrous.

Accepted Name:
Galium verum L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 107. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Galium verum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Galium verum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Galium verum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Galium verum photos.

USDA Plants: Galium verum information.

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