Photographer: Merel R. Black
Galium boreale L.
Galium: from Greek word gala, "milk," and alluding to the fact that certain species were used to curdle milk
|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|