Bedstraw or Wild Madder (Galium mollugo)
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White Bedstraw or Wild Madder (Galium mollugo)
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There are about 60 species of bedstraw in North America. One of the most
common species in our area of the country is called wild madder or white
bedstraw. The white bedstraw is a member of the Madder family, Rubiaceae.
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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. This fluffy
characteristic of white bedstraw encouraged colonists to import it from Europe
as a bedding material for themselves and cattle.
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Each tiny 1/8 inch white bedstraw flower has 4 petals, 4 stamens, and 2 pistils.
The white bedstraw bloom from May to September. Other species of bedstraw
may have yellow or purple flowers, but their other characteristics are similar.
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