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Lady's Bedstraw, Fleaweed, Gallion, Maiden's Hair, Petty Mugget, Cheese Rennet

Galium verum

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Galium (GAL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: verum (VER-um) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall






Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Berkeley, California

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Brookeville, Maryland

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 4, 2008, Lady_fern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is a cute little plant--like moss for sunny areas. However, unlike moss, it will completely take over its neighbors. It sends its roots in every direction, coming up in the middle of everything. GROW IN A CONTAINER!! Quite root-persistant too.


On Sep 20, 2001, Baa wrote:

Perennial European native.

Has small, linear, mid-green leaves upto 1 inch long, arranged in whorls of 8-12 around the stem. Bears clusters of small, bright yellow, scented (honey after dusk) flowers, branching on terminal stems.

Flowers May-September.

This is a sprawling plant anywhere between 6-40 inches in height and will clamber through other plants and shrubs. A native of dry, chalk grassland but is currently rampaging through my plants on a heavy clay soil with numerous acid pockets. Also like a sunny position and flowers much better in full sun than shade. Adores neglect.

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