Plants ordered today will be shipped in the Spring 2023.

Our Lady’s Bedstraw (Galium verum), potted plant, organic

$6.00

Family:  Madder (Rubiaceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 7

Herbaceous perennial.  Native to the British Isles, Europe, Asia and Mesopotamia.  Trailing plant with starlike, creamy flowers to 1 to 3 feet tall.  Does well in poor soils, sun or part shade. Plant used as a clean and aromatic stuffing for pillows and mattresses, a curdling and coloring agent in cheesemaking.  Traditional usage (TWM): lymphatic and urinary tonic.  Red dye plant. Gentle herbal groundcover for poor soils, shade areas, acidic soils under conifers.  Space 6 inches apart.

Potted plant, Certified organically grown

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    Jamie Johnson (verified owner)

    Is this plant considered invasive, and is it safe for livestock to eat?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Jamie, My experience is that livestock have no problems with Galium verum, and that it is in reality a great plant for domestics and wildlive as well. The plant creeps and stays in shady zones. There are lots of people who pretty much say that every plant is invasive. I personally am not one of them. Richo

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    • Sabrina Damato

      Is galium vernum considered as what some would also call cleavers? Thanks!

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      Richo Cech

      Hi Sabrina, It’s in the same family. True cleavers is Galium aparine. Richo

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    • Willow

      Why is it called “bedstraw”? Does it repel or kill bedbugs and/or fleas…?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi willow, because during the middle ages the plant was used for stuffing mattresses. richo

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