Lady's Bedstraw
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Taken at White Sands on 25th June 2017 with Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.




 


Taken at Doonfoot on 19th July 2015 with Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.
Fact File
Lady's Bedstraw.
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AKA:
Galium verum.
Rubiaceae.
Annual.
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Grassland and hedgerows.
July - August.
15- 100 cms.
In medieval times it was believed that the Virgin Mary lay on a bed of this plant at the birth of Jesus and this led 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.