Galium triflorum
(Fragrant Bedstraw)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Fragrant Bedstraw, Cudweed, Sweet-Scented Bedstraw
    Synonyms: Galium brachiatum, Galium pennsylvanicum
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 9
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - August
    Status: Native

Galium triflorum, or Fragrant Bedstraw, is native to the entire United States. It grows in dry to moist woods. It blooms in late spring to mid summer, with small 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 asprellum and Galium circaezans. However, Galium asprellum is easily distinguished because while its leaves do look similar, the texture is much different, it has a very sticky texture and the leaves and stems stick to almost everything, while Galium triflorum is smooth and non-sticky; additionally, Galium triflorum has pale green flowers, while Galium asprellum has white flowers. Galium circaezans has pale green flowers, like Galium triflorum, but Galium triflorum has longer, pointed leaves in whorls of more than six leaves, that are smooth; Galium circaezans, meanwhile, has shorter, rounded leaves in whorls of four leaves, and its leaves are fuzzy. See a photo below for a comparison.

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