False Cleavers (Galium spurium)

Annual
G. vaillantii.DC.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
False Cleavers
Galium spurium
Rubiaceae

A red dye is obtained from the root[168].

  • Medicinal Use

    A number of species in this genus contain asperuloside, a substance that produces coumarin and gives the scent of new-mown hay as the plant dries[238]. Asperuloside can be converted into prostaglandins (hormone-like compounds that stimulate the uterus and affect blood vessels), making the genus of great interest to the pharmaceutical industry[238].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – raw or cooked[62]. A famine food, used as a last resort[177].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in situ as soon as it is ripe in late summer. The seed can also be sown in situ in the spring though it may be very slow to germinate.
Prefers a loose moist leafy soil in some shade[200]. Tolerates dry soils but the leaves quickly become scorched when growing in full sun[200]. This species does not thrive in a hot climate[200].
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to N. Africa and W. Asia.

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