Perennial Herb / Wildflower
Galium verum - Ladies Bedstraw, Yellow Bedstraw, Cheese Rennet. Hgt 15-100cm Flowers July to September.
Heads of four tiny petalled flowers borne on stems bearing rings of needle type leaves. When dried the plant has a smell of new-mown hay and was formerly used for making bedding, legend has it that Mary gave birth to Jesus on a bed of Lady's Bedstraw. A food plant for caterpillars. The plant is used as a household remedy for relief from kidney and bladder complaints, the roots were once used for red dye and the stem and leaves for a yellow dye. Grow in ordinary well drained soil in a sunny position.
1 gram approx 2,000.