Wildflowers of New York

Galium asprellum

A photographic collection and brief reference to help identify Wildflowers found in New York

Rough Bedstraw
- Galium asprellum

Leaves are supposed to be in whorls of 6 but somehow I shot one off and the photo I have only shows 5.
...actually it's normal for the plant to have whorls of 4 or 5.

Prickly is the word. Recurved prickly hairs make the plant clingy. Wrapped around other plants the stems make it hard to walk through a field full of bedstraw. Odd, I either stripped off the prckles when I pulled the stem off or I just picked a deviant.

Yep, deviant, look at the flower photo again. There's one flower with 5 petals. Normally there is only supposed to be 4 like the other flowers.

A obnoxious weed in my fields.
Back in the day I could have stuffed mattresses with it.
The prickly nature of the stems helped keep the stuffing uniform

Found: Fields roadsides, wood edges
Height: sprawling 3 feet
June - July bloom time

Rough Bedstraw Galium asprellum Rough Bedstraw