Awned Bedstraw, False Baby's Breath
Galium aristatum

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Galium (GAL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: aristatum (a-ris-TAH-tum) (Info)

Category:

Groundcovers

Herbs

Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Aromatic

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Flowers are fragrant

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

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

Waukegan, Illinois

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Staten Island, New York

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 24, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A fine perennial too infrequently grown in gardens.

Tall slender upright stems branching near the top support clouds of tiny white flowers from early summer into September. In the border it has a billowy, airy presence that can be compared to baby's breath. Nearly self-supporting but best placed among other tall perennials. The foliage is fine-textured, light and airy, a weaver in the border, and a good contrast to big bold-leafed plants like Cephalaria gigantea or Silphium terebinthinaceum or dahlias, or even to daylilies or coneflowers.

This make a good cut flower, and serves well as a filler in arrangements.

Fairly tolerant of part shade, but it blooms longest in full sun.

I grew this in a bed that never received water throug... read more