Cleavers - Galium aparine

    Alternative names

    Medium to tall, brittle, scrambling, bristly plant with 4-square stems that have hook like, bristly hairs and are hairy at the nodes. Leaves in whorls of 6 to 9, narrowly elliptical, broadest above the middle, pointed and with bristly margins. Flowers white or greenish, 1.5 to 1.7 mm, stalked, at the base of the upper leaves.

    Identification difficulty

    Hedgerows, roadside verges.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Very common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 604 of the 617 tetrads.

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