Northern Bedstraw (Galium boreale)
Bloom time: June
Leaves & Twigs: The leaves are arranged in groups of four, with each group encircling the stem. The leaves are narrow, typically 5 cm long, with three strong veins.
Flowers & Fruits:
Habitat: These plants can be found in forests, along roadsides and in moist prairie environments.
PlantWatch Pointers: Select a typical patch of plants, if the plants are very abundant, mark off a l-metre-square section to observe.
- First bloom: when the first flowers are open in the observed plants.
- Mid bloom: when 50% of the flowers are open in the observed plants.
This species is monitored in:
Historically, this plant was boiled and used as a wash to remove freckles.