Lady's Bedstraw (Galium verum)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 18-48 inches
Plant Spread: 12-24 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Groundcover
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Self

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Mar 10, 2013 9:47 AM

This is a nice little plant, but can be VERY invasive. Recommend growing in a container or you'll find it popping up all over your flower beds.

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Posted by ZGadev (Varna,Bulgaria) on Jul 13, 2018 12:15 AM

Lady's Bedstraw (Galium verum) or in Bulgarian Жълто Еньовче is an amazing herb.
The usable part is flowering overhead (Herba Galii aparinis).
The herb can be applied externally to recurrent furunculosis (boils) and secondary infected skin rashes. The powdered herb is sprinkled on wounded surfaces and provides prophylactic action against secondary infection.
The herb is also used in Bulgarian herb medicine in cases of ascites accompanying liver cirrhosis as well as inflammatory swelling in acute articular rheumatism. The herb is also used in inflammatory processes of the urinary tract, especially the bladder.

The herb grows all over Bulgaria up to 1,000 m above sea level.

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