Galium arkansanum
(Arkansas Bedstraw)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Arkansas Bedstraw
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 5 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - July
    Status: Native

Galium arkansanum, or Arkansas Bedstraw, is native only to the Ozark region and it only found in the states of Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. It is a perennial, which grows in dry open woods, woodland edges and roadsides. It blooms in early to mid summer with small red-maroon flowers.

This plant stands out from most lookalikes, because it has flowers with 4 petals, that are red-maroon in color, most other species are white or green. The most similar species to it are Galium pilosum, and Galium lanceolatum. Galium lanceolatum does not overlap naturally with Galium arkansanum, although it looks most like it. To tell them apart, one must look at the leaves - Galium arkansanum has narrower leaves, and also, it has much more branched flower stalks. The other species, Galium pilosum, does overlap in range, but it has rounded, hairy leaves that are easily distinguished. See the chart below for a comparison.

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