Irish wildflowers

Northern Bedstraw, Galium boreale, Rú crua
Photos: The Burren, Co.Clare

Northern Bedstraw
Galium boreale
Rú crua
Family: Rubiaceae

Flowering June-August. Perennial. Native.

Numerous small white flowers, terminal and auxillary. Fruit with hooked bristles. Whorls of four narrow leaves with three veins. Erect growth, 20-45cm.

Found on damp, base-rich soils. Lake-shores, streamsides, rocky ground. Mainly found in Galway and Clare in the west of Ireland. Absent from the south.

Identified by Paul Green
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