Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Lady's Bedstraw
Galium verum
of the Bedstraw family
an perennial
15-100 cm high
blooms July-August

likes grassland and hedgegrows

can be seen in the Visitor Centre wild garden

In medieval times it was believed that the Virgin Mary lay on a bed of this plant at the birth of Jesus and this lead to its name, Lady's Bedstraw. This in turn encouraged women in childbirth to lie on the same plant to protect them from harm. It has been used by herbalists as a remedy for epilepsy and urinary problems. It has also been used as a dying agent. More recently it has been used to make the blood anti-clotting drug dicoumarol.