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Galium mollugo: hedge bedatraw or soft bedstraw is related to cleavers and has many of its qualities. As an edible, the young tips of the new growth make a fine additrion to salads, though they can be a little tough as they get older. Some will find it more palateable than cleavers as it does not possess the roughness of the later. Galium mollugo does not have a strong flavour but it does possess most of the same medicinal benefits of cleavers.
As ground cover it can have its use in the gardem: photo 6 shows how it can cover the ground. It also makes a pretty display when in flower - photo 5 shows this. Interestingly photo 6 was taken later than photo 5 but 6 is in a shady lane where the plant has not been allowed to flower. Photo 5 is of a patch on a south-facing stream bank.
|A mat of hedge bedstraw greenery. 11 July 2010|