Cleavers is actually a very pretty plant especially when it has something to help prop it up such as the chainlink fence in this photo. Its foliage is such a refreshing green and its leaf arrangement is nice. See my comments about its uses as an herbal remedy and be amazed.
Note the hooks on the square stem and the toothed margins on the leaves; its name is well-deserved
Goosegrass as a weed in Morwell National Park, Victoria, Australia, where it is unfortunately very common!
This image was taken in late Feburary, and it is already a very established plant.
Very young vine, late Feburary, West KY
flowers of the Galium aparine, early April, west KY
Ripening seed pods of Galium aparine, Sticky Willie, mid May, west KY
Goosegrass in Morwell National Park in Victoria, Australia, November 1990
Goosegrass in Victoria, Australia, December 1985
I searched and searched to find what this weed was because it caused a horrible sick reaction.
Seriously, don't touch this plant. It causes horrible itching, burning, and hives!
Sticky willy in December, still going strong after many freezes.
The tiny flowers, so small they are very difficult to photograph in habitat. This was a small piece brought back to photograph under better conditions.
Showing how small the flowers are.
A common weed here in NZ - used to be used for stuffing mattresses!