Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Fragrant Bedstraw (Galium triflorum): Images

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June 28, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire At first I thought this was White Bedstraw (Galium album). I didn’t want to hang around for photos because the mosquitoes were swarming. Fortuntely, I noticed that the stem was very sticky (and rough) feeling. I'll need to go back and double-check, tough.

If the stem was not rough to the touch, I would have to decide between White Bedstraw (Galium album), Wood Bedstraw (Galium sylvaticum) and Whorled Bedstraw (Galium mollugo). All three of these have inflorescences with 5-20 flowers. This plant seems to have inflorescences with 2-3 flowers. Key:
  • Main branches with 5-12 leaves at each node.
  • Leaf blades sharply pointed to cuspidate at the apex.
  • Corolla 1-7 mm in diameter.
  • Pedicels erect to spreading.
  • Stems rough to the touch (scabrous) on the angles of the internodes. Inflorescence with 2-5 flowers.
  • Leaves (4-)6 per node.
  • Schizocarps (fruit) uncinate-bristly (as opposed to glabrous). Leaf blades 15-85 mm long and 4-13 mm wide. Leaves scabrous on the margin. Corolla green-white.
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July 17, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire
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June 7, 2014 Central, Connecticut