What is this

Discussion in 'Plant and Tree Identification' started by sundew, Jan 22, 2005.

  1. sundew

    sundew Active Member

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    A creeping low growth, like a ground cover in my winter garden. Never seen before.
    Thanks all.

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  2. bare

    bare Head Muderator

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    Looks to me like Sweet Scented Bedstraw.

    Lemme see if I remember, Galium Triflorum?
     

  3. ajaxlucy

    ajaxlucy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Is it rough and scratchy under the leaves, like velcro?
     
  4. Jen H

    Jen H Well-Known Member

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    I've never heard galium called "sweet scented bedstraw". I've always called it cleavers. That picture does look alot like cleavers. Is the plant "sticky" at all?

    Another thought is a kind of trefoil?
     
  5. Jen H

    Jen H Well-Known Member

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    Huh! Yep, that's the same plant I've always called cleavers.

    I love learning different common names for plants!
     
  6. bare

    bare Head Muderator

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    Well, ya got me lookin' on google Jen, and cleavers is another Galium, Galium Aparine. They appear to be pretty similar so sundew will probably have to do a bit of research to find which it is definatively.

    At least we got 'em close and they can key it out from there or give us more information.
     
  7. tobo6

    tobo6 Well-Known Member

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    I'm in NW Oregon, probable across the river from ya. :) We have these all over the woods, in the summer they range from having little white flowers to purple flowers. My kids pick them for me all the time, and they last a long time in a vase, lol.

    Deb
     
  8. sundew

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    Wasn't sure as the leaves are wider. And it is creeping along the ground, not climbing up the plants . It does stick to ya a bit, probably just because it is young. Never seen them out in the sun before. Thanks all.
    Will keep in beds and see how it matures.
    Thanks
     
  9. inc

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    when you are keying this Galium out, note that the leaves seem to occur in whorls of 6 leaves, not 4.
    i belive the common bedstraw(alien) also has this trait along with a coulple of other galium. if so the flowers ar e yellow and rather profuse.
    i wonder if anyone has some of the galiums that occur in wet swamps? there are many species.