Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Ballingeary, Co.Cork

Common Marsh-bedstraw
Galium palustre
Rú corraigh
Family: Rubiaceae

Flowering time: June-August. Perennial. Native.

Small 4-petalled white flowers in wide panicles. Fruit smooth, black.
4,5 or 6 leaves in a whorl with backward-pointing prickles on leaf edges. Stems trailing / erect, hairless. Leaves turn black when drying. Height: To 80cm.

Very common. Marshes, ponds, ditches, damp lawns and waste ground.

Similar: Fen Bedstraw, G. uliginosum. Leaves with mucronate tips.
Occasional in calcareous bogs and fens.
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