Galium boreale

Galium boreale


Northern Bedstraw Categories: ,


Key Information:

Soil: Hydric (Wet) – Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 20-30″
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Season: June – July

More Details:

Suggested Uses: Northern Bedstraw has delicate fragrant white flowers and is very useful for shoreline restorations and rain gardens. It can tolerate dry conditions too. It is typically found in large patches in remnant prairies as well as fens. It can act as a great ground cover in your garden too, although it can get taller than many ground covers. This plant is great for attracting beneficial insects. They are also deer resistant.

Native Range: Native to throughout much of the U.S. except the South and the Desert Southwest.

Pollinators: Beneficial flies, beetles and ants as well as bees, butterflies and moths.

Flowers: Each plant produces an abundance of small, white flowers. The symmetrical flowers are 1/4″ wide with 4 petals that form a slender tube at the center. Small, dark seed heads appear later in the season.

Leaves: The lance-shaped or linear leaves are 3/4″-2″ long. They are very narrow and grow in a whorl.

Interesting Facts:

Food Uses: Roasted seeds can be used like coffee. The leaves can curdle milk to make cheese. Consume at your own risk.
Other Uses: It has a very pleasant scent when crushed.
More Information:  Bedstraw was once used to stuff mattresses.
Name: Galium comes is derived from Greek for “milk” and refers to its use in cheese-making.

More information: USDA plant profile

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs

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