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Lady's Bedstraw

Observed: 1st August 2009 By: lpearcelpearce’s reputation in Plantslpearce’s reputation in Plantslpearce’s reputation in Plants
Lady's Bedstraw (Gallium Verum)
Lady's Bedstraw (Gallium Verum)
Lady's Bedstraw (Gallium Verum)
Description:

Lady's Bedstraw growing only 10-12cm high on very poor coastal sandy soil

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Bedstraws

All the bedstraws were used to stuff bedding to freshen it and make the bed smell nice. Lady's bedstraw was specifically used in the beds of women about to give birth.

Apparently, it was also used as a renet alternative in cheese making. However we have lost the ability (Richard Mabey's Flora Britannica).

Graham Banwell

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