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Galium aparine

Goose grass

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  • Galium aparine | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • Galium aparine | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020

Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.15m to 1.2m
  • Spread2m to 3m
  • Growth HabitSemi-trailing
  • Flower ColourDull white-green
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Galium aparine (Goose grass). Known for its clinging foliage and commonly considered a weed. The fruits are covered in hook-like hairs. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.

Characteristics

Annual, Herbaceous

Origin

Britain

Interest and use

Found in woodland or waste land. It is edible and can be juiced as a spring tonic, or lightly steamed.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully hardy, and will grow in any partial shade but will tolerate a sunny position and will thrive in any well drained soil.

Propagation

Propagate by division or fresh, ripe seed in early spring or autumn.

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