Lady’s Bedstraw description:
Surprisingly attractive fragrant, hazy yellow flowers in summer and early autumn.
In the past it was used to curdle milk into cheese, and to create both red and yellow dyes.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
Can tolerate a coastal aspect with a certain amount of salt laden air.
How easy is it to grow:
This is good for a wildlife garden, front of a plant border or rough area, and it is easy provided it is in a well drained soil.
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Other common names: Yellow Bedstraw, Maid’s Hair, Cheese Renning or Cheese Rennet.
Botanical name: Galium verum
The best position in the garden:
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, it will keep on spreading and fill quite a large space.
What type of soil:
Any free draining soil.
How much moisture:
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Size of plant:
Height 90 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 2 plants per square metre.
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