bedstraw


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bedstraw:

see maddermadder,
common name for the Rubiaceae, a family of chiefly tropical and subtropical trees, shrubs, and herbs, especially abundant in N South America. The family is important economically for several tropical crops, e.g., coffee, quinine, and ipecac, and for many ornamentals, e.g.
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bedstraw

any of numerous rubiaceous plants of the genus Galium, which have small white or yellow flowers and prickly or hairy fruits: some species formerly used as straw for beds as they are aromatic when dry
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The events will give people a chance to learn about wildflowers found at the site such as ladies bedstraw, musk thistle, mouse-ear hawkweed and wild thyme.
99, a wildflower seed gift that grows into a striking arrangement of dazzling golden flowers including Meadow Buttercup, Common St John's Wort, Ladies Bedstraw and Corn Marigolds.
insularis) E 1 Santa Cruz Island lace pod (Thysanocarpus conchuliferus) E 8 Herbaceous Perennials Hoffmann's rock cress (Arabis hoffmannii) E 5 Succulent Perennials Santa Cruz Island live-forever (Dudleya nesiotica) T 1 Santa Barbara Island live-forever (Dudleya traskiae) E 10 Small Shrubs Soft-leaved paintbrush (Castilleja mollis) E 2 Sea-cliff bedstraw (Galium buxifolium) E 8 Island rushrose (Helianthemum greenei) T 36 Full Shrubs Santa Rosa Island manzanita (Arctostaphylos confertiflora) E 3 Island barberry (Berberis pinnata ssp.
Bedstraw is in the same family as the tropical coffee plant.
Even some delicate greens like bedstraw persist well into winter.
Lucy looked at the tall grass and the Queen Anne's lace, the chicory, the bedstraw and sweet clover, waist-high in the shallow ditch.
Prehistoric people probably used sumac and bedstraw as dyes, Jakes says, because caches of those seeds have been recovered from archaeological sites although the plants have no known dietary use.
The rarest of the migrant moths in recent weeks was the Bedstraw Hawk-moth at Kenfig - only the sixth for the county of Glamorgan despite its range being from western Europe across to Japan.
In English quite a number of plant names refer to the Virgin Mary, such as Our Lady's bedstraw (Galium) and Lady's candlesticks (Primula).
Among all the so-called common herbs are interesting plants such as Cancer sage, Blackberry lily, Jobe's tears, Lady's bedstraw, and Mullein.
Plant spring-flowering species such as cowslips, bladder companion, lady's bedstraw and fritillaries along with a sprinkling of later-flowering knapweed, ox eye daisy and field scabious, which attract the small blue and meadow brown butterflies.
Catherine's lace, Catalina Yerba Santa, Catalina liveforever, Catalina mount mahogany, Catalina manzanita, Catalina bedstraw, Catalina ironweed and Catalina monkey flower.