Galium circaezans
(Licorice Bedstraw)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Licorice Bedstraw, Wild Licorice
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - July
    Status: Native

Galium circaezans, or Licorice Bedstraw, is native to the eastern United States. It grows in dry, open woods and woodland edges. It blooms in mid summer with pale green flowers.

This species is one many Galium species, but all can be differentiated with some careful examination. This species looks most like two others: Galium pilosum and Galium triflorum. Galium pilosum is most similar in its leaves, as it and Galium circaezans both have rounded leaves, usually in groups of four leaves, but Galium pilosum has stubbier, shorter leaves, and also it has maroon flowers, where Galium circaezans has thicker, slightly longer leaves and pale-green flowers. Meanwhile, Galium circaezans and Galium triflorum both have green flowers, but Galium triflorum has long, smooth leaves in whorled groups of more than four, while Galium circaezans has fuzzy stems and leaves that are short and stubbier. See picture for a comparison of the species.

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