Plant ID forum: Interesting volunteer.what is it?

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Mar 12, 2017 8:38 AM CST
Can anyone identify this plant?
whorled, white flowering, pubescent?to the touch. Suggestive of lupine SF Bay Area California
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Mar 12, 2017 8:45 AM CST
Looks like Galium aparine.
It has tiny seed heads that stick to clothing.
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Name: Rj
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Mar 12, 2017 8:47 AM CST
Looks like Galiun aparine Cleaver
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Name: Porkpal
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Mar 12, 2017 8:51 AM CST
Here we call it Bedstraw - for no known reason - Cleaver is more appropriate.

Mar 12, 2017 8:58 AM CST
Ah... cleavers
Seems to be a noxious weed.
I removed it from the garden last year I guess I'll do the same this year Thank you for your posts
Name: John
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Mar 12, 2017 9:39 AM CST
Bedstraw comes from past use as stuffing/cushioning in sleeping arrangements.
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Mar 12, 2017 10:32 AM CST
Cleaver is actually quite a useful herb. I am making a tincture of the dried leaves right now. From, here is what it does.

It is used both internally and externally in the treatment of a wide range of ailments. . A valuable diuretic, it is often taken to treat skin problems such as seborrhoea, eczema and psoriasis, and as a general detoxifying agent in serious illnesses such as cancer. It has a mild laxative effect and stimulates the lymphatic system and has shown benefit in skin related problems. The fresh plant or juice of Cleavers herb is used as a medicinal poultice for wounds, ulcers and many other skin problems. An infusion has shown of benefit in the treatment of glandular fever, tonsilitis, hepatitis and cystitis. The infusion is also used to treat liver, bladder and urinary problems.

The dried or fresh herb is alterative, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, aperient, astringent, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, tonic and vulnerary. The plant contains the valuable constituent asperuloside, a substance that is converted into prostaglandins by the body. Prostaglandins are hormone-like compounds that stimulate the uterus and affect blood vessels. Much more scientific research is being done on the plant it is of great interest to the pharmaceutical industry.
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