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Galium triflorum - Michx.

Common Name Fragrant Bedstraw
Family Rubiaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist woods near sea level, to moderate elevations in the mountains in Western N. America.
Range Circumboreal.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade
Galium triflorum Fragrant Bedstraw


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Galium triflorum Fragrant Bedstraw
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Galium triflorum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Flies, beetles, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses: Tea.

Leaves - raw or cooked[62, 172]. A tea is made from the flowering stems[172].

Medicinal Uses



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Kidney;  Lithontripic.

An infusion of the plant has been used in the treatment of gallstones and kidney complaints[257]. A poultice of the whole plant has been used to treat backaches in babies[257]. A number of species in this genus contain asperuloside, a substance that produces coumarin and gives the scent of new-mown hay as the plant dries[238]. Asperuloside can be converted into prostaglandins (hormone-like compounds that stimulate the uterus and affect blood vessels), making the genus of great interest to the pharmaceutical industry[238].

Other Uses

Cosmetic;  Dye;  Hair;  Stuffing.

A red dye is obtained from the root[168]. The plant is aromatic. It has been crushed and used as a perfume, particularly by women[257]. The aroma is given off as the plant dries[257]. A poultice of the whole plant has been rubbed on the scalp to encourage hair growth[257]. The plant is used as a stuffing material for mattresses etc[172].

Cultivation details

Prefers a loose moist leafy soil in some shade[200]. Tolerates dry soils but the leaves quickly become scorched when growing in full sun[200]. This species does not thrive in a hot climate[200].

Propagation

Seed - best sown in situ as soon as it is ripe in late summer[200]. The seed can also be sown in situ in the spring though it may be very slow to germinate[200]. Division in spring. The plant can be successfully divided throughout the growing season if the divisions are kept moist until they are established[200]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Galium odoratumSweet Woodruff, Sweetscented bedstraw, Bedstraw33
Galium spuriumFalse Cleavers12
Galium tinctoriumThreepetal Bedstraw01
Galium verumLady's Bedstraw, Yellow Spring bedstraw, Wirtgen's bedstraw32

 

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