Galium verum (Lady's Bedstraw)

£4.75
Aspect:
Full Sun
Soil Type:
Most Types
Colour:
Yellow
Colour:
Gold

Sorry, sold out, but we are growing more so check again in a few weeks.

See full plant description below.

Plant Details

A British native wildflower found in meadows across the country, but now sadly much less commonly than previously. Finely cut foliage topped by myriads of tiny golden flowers in June and July.

Very good for a wildflower area or meadow and will gently self-seed.

Height: 30cm

Common name(s): Lady's Bed Straw, Cheese Rennet, Golden Dust, Lady's Tresses, Robin Run The Hedge, Halfsmart, Maiden's Hair, Rennet Weed, Petty Mugget.

History and Legend

Regular listeners of The Archers may be interested to know that it was voted the County Flower of Borsetshire following a poll by Plantlife in 2002!

The plant was once used as a substitute for rennet to curdle milk for cheese. In Gloucester it was used to colour Double Gloucester cheese.

Before the advent of the modern mattress, Lady's Bedstraw was used for bedding thanks to its soft and springy quality and pleasant scent - it smells of hay when dry.

The flower also has association with giving birth in Norse mythology. Scandinavians used lady's bedstraw as a sedative for women in labour and Frigg, the goddess of married women, was said to help women give birth. As such they called it 'Frigg's grass'.

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All our plants are supplied established in pots. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.