Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Inchigeela, Co.Cork

Hedge Bedstraw
Galium album (Galium mollogo)
Rú fáil
Family: Rubiaceae

Flowering time: June-September. Perennial. Probably introduced.

Small white 4-petalled flowers in terminal clusters.
Weak-stemmed, scrambling plant, 4-angled smooth stem. Smooth black fruit.
There are 6-8 narrow leaves in each whorl with forward pointing
prickles on the leaf edges. Single-veined. Plant hairless or slightly downy.
Height: 30-100cm

Occasional, mainly found hedge-banks, grassland.

Similar: Marsh-bedstraw, G. palustre.
Native, common throughout Ireland.

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