northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

clusters of white starlike flowers at top of green stems

northern bedstraw


Common name: northern bedstraw
Botanical name: Galium boreale

Light: full to partial sun
Height: 8 – 20 inches
Water: moderate to low
Soil type: well-drained moist soils

Perennial wildflower with white or cream-colored starlike flowers in clusters at top of stems in midsummer;  whorls of 4 leaves around stem; square, sweet-smelling stems are hollow and have been used as straw in mattresses