5. Lady’s Bedstraw

No 5
Common Name: Lady’s Bedstraw
Scientific Name: Galium verum
Irish Name: Bolach cnis
Family: Rubiaceae
Habitat: Grassland, Waste ground, roadsides etc
Uses: As its name might suggest, Lady’s Bedstraw was traditionally used to stuff mattresses.  There is also a legend that Mary lay on a mattress of Bedstraw during the Nativity The leaves, stems, and flowers are used to make medicine.
Ladys Bedstraw

Ladys Bedstraw

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