Galium verum


Common Names: Yellow bedstraw, lady's bedstraw
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Coffee family

A low scrambling plant, with the stems growing to 60 to 120 cm long, frequently rooting where they touch the ground. The leaves are 1 to 3 cm long and 2 mm broad, shiny dark green, hairy underneath, borne in whorls of 8 to 12. The flowers are 2 to 3 mm in diameter, yellow, and produced in dense clusters.

Primary Flower Color: Yellow
Secondary Flower Color: Yellow
 
Edible Notes: Not not eaten like a vegetable, it does have a few culinary uses: The flowers were used to coagulate milk in cheese manufacture and, in Gloucestershire, to color the cheese double Gloucester. In Denmark, the plant (known locally as gul snerre) is traditionally used to infuse spirits, making the uniquely Danish drink bj├Žsk.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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