Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Galium boreale L. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Michael Clayton

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Robert Bierman

Family Rubiaceae
Galium boreale L.
northern bedstraw
Galium: from Greek word gala, "milk," and alluding to the fact that certain species were used to curdle milk
boreale: northern
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 6"-40" tall forb, with many branches; stems 4-angled and mostly smooth except below the nodes; creeping rhizomes
Flower: white to creamy, 4-parted, 1/8"-1/4" wide; inflorescence a showy, branched, terminal cluster of many flowers; blooms June-July
Fruit:mostly smooth or with un-hooked hairs
Leaf:whorls of 4, linear to lance-like, tip slightly rounded
Habitat: dry, moderate moisture, to wet; woods, forests, prairies, meadows

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Galium list Ethnobotany Information Google- Images or Text
Galium boreale L. subsp. septentrionale (Roem. & Schult.) H.Hara
Galium boreale L. subsp. septentrionale (Roem. & Schult.) H.H.Iltis
Galium boreale L. var. hyssopifolium (Hoffm.) DC.
Galium boreale L. var. intermedium DC.
Galium boreale L. var. linearifolium Rydb.
Galium boreale L. var. scabrum DC.
Galium boreale L. var. typicum Beck
Galium hyssopifolium Hoffm.
Galium septentrionale Roem. & Schult.
Galium strictum Torr.

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