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Lady's Bedstraw (Galium verum)


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This plant has small bright yellow flowers. The many branched stems may be upright or sprawling. The leaves have very short hairs. The plant is common in grassland and hedgerows. It obtained its name from the legend that the Virgin Mary lay on a bed made of this plant in the Stable. It was thought to aid childbirth and it contains a chemical that can prevent blood clotting. The yellow flowers were once also used to curdle milk. The leaves and stems can produce a yellow dye and the roots a red dye but as the yeild is low it is not cultivated. Picture taken 1st July 2006 at Felmersham, Bedfordshire.

2nd Sep 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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