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False baby's breath (Galium mollugo)

False baby's breath Common Names: Smooth bedstraw, white bedstraw

Description: Short, leafy offshoots produced in summer to fall.

Habit: More or less erect perennial; 12-48 in tall forb; many weak branches rising from a curving base.

Leaves: Whorls of 6 or 8, widest above the middle, oblong.

Stems: Weak; erect; upright.

Flowers: White in color, 4-parted, 1/8 in wide, stalks usually longer than the flower is wide, inflorescence is a many-flowered, terminal, showy, often widely-branched cluster.

Fruit and seeds: Smooth seeds, viable for about a year, dispersed via birds, sheep, water and contaminated crop seeds.

Habitat: Found in frequently-mowed hay fields of low soil fertility and low pH; prefers calcium-rich, neutral soils.

Reproduction: By seed.

Similar species: Northern bedstraw (Galium boreale) and Stickywilly (Galium aparine).

Monitoring and rapid response: Mowing and herbicides.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the USDA PLANTS Database and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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Common Name:

False baby's breath

Scientific Name:

Galium mollugo







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