The plant, when dried, retains the scent of new mown hay hence its common name which dates back to a time when palliasses were stuffed with straw. Colourful lady’s bedstraw has been one of Finland’s most important wild dying plants: the root yields a splendid coral red colour and the flower turns things yellow. Galium aparine ( aka goosegrass, kisses, cleavers, sticky bobs, sticky willy, sweethearts and robin run the hedge) is more common and is a ‘scrambler”; it is also an annual. Bedstraw plants are characterized by finely toothed, often needle-shaped leaves borne in whorls of four to eight along square or rounded stems. Lady's bedstraw flowers ( galium verum ) isolated on white. The fruit is composed of two rounded nuts joined together and frequently covered in hooked bristles to promote animal dispersal. The chopped up plant can be used as a rennet to coagulate plant milks. From another legend, She placed it as a soft pillow in Jesus' crib. As the story goes, this was later attributed to the Virgin Mary. The white bedstraw is a member of the Madder family, Rubiaceae. white bedstraw, galium album. The small flowers, borne in clusters, are green, yellow, or white. The flowering tops are distilled in water to make a refreshing acid beverage. White bedstraw is introduced to North America. Similar Photos See All. It is a perennial herb with creeping stolons and 3-foot-long erect, trailing, or sprawling stems that may be four-­angled like those of mints or rounded. To ease child' birth, it was laid in the bed in their difficult hours. Galium odoratum (sweet woodruff) is a woodland bedstraw, which tends to form ‘a carpet’ and is a perennial. Learn more. Facts. Lady’s bedstraw is Finland’s only yellow-flowered bedstraw – the others are more-or-less white. The tenth of the 22 gin botanicals Lady’s bedstraw was in Christian legend, one of the “cradle herbs” in Christ’s manger in Bethlehem. Lady’s bedstraw is Britain’s only yellow flowered bedstraw (although it can be confused with Crosswort), its golden yellow flowers being present from June until September. The roasted seed is a coffee substitute. The leaves, stems, and flowers are used to make medicine. white small blossoms of galium album, the white bedstraw, on sunny summer day. Edible parts of Lady's Bedstraw: Leaves - raw or cooked. Lady's bedstraw is a plant. The seed is also said to be edible. (Bedstraw, White or Wild Madder (Galium mollugo) - 01a) To the casual passer-by, the myriad of tiny (1/8 inch) flowers of the white bedstraw tend to blur the details of this wild flower. Our-Lady’s bedstraw (G. verum), also called yellow bedstraw, is native to Europe and Asia but is naturalized throughout much of North America. ln old times, Bedstraw was very much esteemed by women for disorders of the uterus. The flowering stems is used as a food colouring or rounded stems rounded nuts joined together frequently! 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