Belongs to: flowers

Lady's bedstraw Galium verum

Also known as: maid's hair, cheese rennet


Best time to see: Jul to end Aug

Key facts

A scrambling plant of banks or dry grassland whose stems carry heads of tiny, golden flowers

The needle-like leaves are in rings round the stems

Has a pleasant smell when dried and formerly was used for stuffing beds, hence its name

Extras

Curdles milk, so used for cheese-making

Also used as a remedy for kidney stones and urinary problems

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