Lady's Bedstraw

Lady’s Bedstraw (Galium verum), also known as the yellow bedstraw and cheese rennet, is a somewhat herbaceous rhizomatous perennial in the Rubiaceae family.

Lady's Bedstraw Flowers

It usually grows 8 to 30-inches tall and 36-inches wide on upright to creeping stems. It is indigenous to Africa, Southwest Asia, and Europe, generally found in a wide range of locations, including seashores, dunes, roadsides, waste areas, dry sandy meadows, and rocky outcrops.

Galium Verum Flowers

Many varieties and subspecies names have been proposed, but currently, only four[1] are known: Galium verum subsp. wirtgenii, Galium verum subsp. verum, Galium verum subsp. glabrescens, and Galium verum subsp. asiaticum.

In summer (July to September), four-petaled, bright yellow, fragrant flowers bloom in clustered, dense panicles. The flowers are borne at the tips of wiry erect stems clad with whorls of needle-like, bristle-tipped, linear, stalkless leaves (6 to 8 leaflets per whorl).

The yellow dye from the flower stems was used as a food coloring for butter or cheese. In addition, the plant material is said to have been used in the manger of Jesus Christ.

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Key References
  • [1]“Lady’s Bedstraw – Norfolk Wildlife Trust”. Accessed November 20, 2021. Link.


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