I so enjoyed reading this - you are such a delight!!!!!!!!
Out West, Galium aparine is a familiar sight! What isn't familiar to me is the common name, cleavers. Therein lies the rationale for the use of scientific names. I am not even sure what common name is actually in greatest use, and what difference it makes - bedstraw or cleavers?
I shall smile and think of you, Sharon, when I next find it clinging to my ankles!!!!!!!!
Good morning, wannadanc - I'll try to find the Latin name of Lady's Bedstraw later today - am on my way outside to weed before some more rain arrives. Here in Southern Ohio, we find cleavers in the flower beds, along the ditches and woods; just about everywhere. I had to buy what I call Bedstraw!
Whatever the name, cleavers must be the world's toughest, meanest plant. It sits back and watches for you then wreaks havoc with ankles and knees (and behinds when you land on them). It is one conniving plant.
You all have a bright and sunshiny day. I think I'll go out back and watch my cleavers grow.
I just read in A Guide To The Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky by Mary E. Wharton & Roger W. Barbour that both "ladies" bedstraw and cleavers belong to the Galium family. Sharon, the book reports cleavers as an "obnoxious weed, a pest in shady places". I might have mentioned that before!