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Northern bedstraw

Scientific name

Galium boreale


Northern Bedstraw is a wildflower species that can grow up to 0.5 m in height. The leaves are green coloured, oppositely arranged in whorls of four, narrow and elliptic shaped, have three distinctive veins, and have entire margins. The flowers are small, have four white petals, appear in branching clusters at the top of the stem, and bloom between June and August. The flowers are beneficial to pollinator species, like bees and butterflies. It can spread quickly through seeds and rhizomes to produce colonies.

Planting conditions

Northern Bedstraw grows best in normal to moist conditions with partial sun exposure. It prefers well-drained loamy soils. It is tolerant of shade but may bloom best with some sun exposure. This wildflower can be naturally found in open forests, forest edges, and in fields or meadows.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Normal
    • Moist
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Loamy
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Wildflower
  • Eco Zone:
    • 1a
    • 1b
    • 2a
    • 2b
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
  • Plant type:
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 0.5 m
  • Spread:
    • 1 m