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Galium verum

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

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.


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
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Lady_fern 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.

Neutral Baa 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.

This particular herb has had several uses over the centuries. It smells like hay when cut and was used to stuff bedding, fleas hate it and its easy to burn after being used.

I has also been used as a foot soak after being infused in boiling water.

Medical use is limited but a chemical it contains can help in preventing blood from clotting (don't try this at home folks. It was also once used to prevent internal bleeding or nose bleeds.

It was once used in place of rennet in cheese making and the flowers coloured the cheese a nice yellow.

I just like it becaue it grows well and while it takes some time in reaching a good sized clump, its well worth the wait.


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

Berkeley, California
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Brookeville, Maryland

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