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Galium mollugo
false baby's-breath, wild madder

Distribution: Scattered locations in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Montana and Wyoming; widely distributed in east of the Mississippi River.

Habitat: Occurring in disturbed soil, waste ground.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Introduced

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial herb from a rhizome, the numerous stems weak, reclining to erect from a decumbent base, 3-12 dm. tall, usually glabrous; short, ascending, leafy, perennial shoots produced from the base in summer and fall.


Leaves in whorls of 6 or 8, sessile, with forward-pointing, scabrous hairs on the margins, otherwise glabrous, broadly linear to linear-oblong, 1-3 cm. long, 1-nerved, tipped with a sharp point.


Flowers numerous in a terminal, branched, spreading panicle; calyx obsolete; corolla 4-lobed, white, 2-4 mm. wide; ovary 2-celled, inferior.


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

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

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Galium mollugo checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Galium mollugo atlas page.

CalPhotos: Galium mollugo photos.

USDA Plants: Galium mollugo information.

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