|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.