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Catchweed Bedstraw Galium aparine

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
GAL-ee-um ap-AR-in-nee
Description

This fairly ubiquitous wildflower is also listed as an edible weed. It can be found in coniferous forests, deciduous woodlands, meadows, prairies, flood plains, disturbed areas, abandoned fields, and cultivated crops. In the southeast, it is typically found in riparian and floodplain forests. The plant can grow up to 6 feet, but with its weak stem it cannot stand up on its own, thus clambering over other vegetation. Its leaves are distinctively arranged in whorls of 8.  As its common names imply, it clings to clothing and animal fur due to backward hooked bristles on its stems and leaves.

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#weed#edible weed#riparian#spreading#floodplain#woodland
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#weed#edible weed#riparian#spreading#floodplain#woodland
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Galium
    Species:
    aparine
    Family:
    Rubiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Climbing Method:
    Scrambler
    Edibility:
    Included as an edible weed
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Edible
    Weed
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Appendage:
    Prickles
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    This is a schizocarp with sticky, hooked hairs on the seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Description:
    The stem is scratchy with recurved prickles on weak, four-sided stems.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Riparian
    Woodland