Soil: Hydric(Wet) to Mesic(Medium)
Sun: Full to Part
Flowers: The symmetrical flowers are 1/4" wide with 4 petals that form a slender tube at the center.
Leaves: The lance-shaped or linear leaves are 3/4"-2" long. They are very narrow and grow in a whorl.
This plant is a great beneficial Insect attractor. Plant in your garden to bring the "good" insects to your garden! Galium has fragrant delicate white flowers and is very useful for shoreline and other restoration projects as well!
Medicinal Uses: Once used to slow bleeding, ease childbirth, increase the appetite, reduce fever, and remove freckles.
Food Uses: Roasted seeds can be used like coffee. The leaves can curdle milk to make cheese.
Other Uses: It has a very pleasant scent when crushed.
More Information: Bedstraw was once used to stuff mattresses.
Name: Galium comes from the Greek word for milk and refers to the its use to curdle milk for cheese making.