Hedge Bedstraw is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in grassland, hedgerows and waste ground, to a mature height of up to 150cm.
The name Bedstraw is descriptive of the plant's former use as a dried straw to make bedding. Hedge Bedtraw is a scrambling plant that spreads by stolons (trailing stems that take root). It produces numerous branches with clustered flowers along its trailing stems.
Botanic classification and naming: Hedge Bedstraw is a member of the Madder (Rubiaceae) family. The genus name
'Galium' identifies the plant as a Bedstraw and its species name 'album' means 'white'.
Benefits: Hedge Bedstraw attracts bees and hoverflies and is a food source for caterpillars of several moth species.
Benefits to wildlife are also indicated with orange icons in the plant profile bar at the top.