yellow bedstraw
Galium verum L.


Galium verum is a perennial herbaceous vine that can grow to a height of 23.6-47.2 in. (60-120 cm) tall.
Leaves are whorled, very narrow, up to 1.5 in. (3.8 cm) long, covered in short hairs, pointed, and found in groups of 8 to 12 leaves.
Flowers are yellow in color, clustered, 0.3 in. (0.32 cm) across, pointed, longer than they are wide, with 3 to 5 petals and 4 yellow stamens.
Fruit are 0.2 in. (5 mm) wide, often hairy and bristly clinging to clothes and animal hair. Each fruit contains a single brown seed.
Ecological Threat
Galium verum can be found in sunny areas along roadsides, in fields, and in pastures. It is native to Europe and Asia.

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Rubiales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Galium
Subject: Galium verum L.

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
yellow spring bedstraw


Plants - Forbs/Herbs