Hedge Bedstraw - Galium album

    Alternative names
    Galium mollugo

    Medium to tall plant, sometimes scrambling, usually hairless, stems square and smooth. Rootstock usually reddish with underground stolons. Leaves oblong to elliptical in whorls of 6 to 8 thin and rather pale green one veined. Flowers four parted white 2 to 3 mm in loose branched clusters.

    Identification difficulty

    Open woods, scrub, rough grassland and hedgebanks.

    When to see it

    June to September

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain and fairly common in England at least.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.˜ In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 86 of the 617 tetrads

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