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Picture of Northern bedstraw Plant press of Northern bedstraw
Northern bedstraw
Galium boreale L.


Plant Description:

  • Very widespread in moist woodlands and on roadsides
  • Upright plant with a slender square stem
  • Four sword-shaped leaves encircle (whorling) the stem
  • Many white flowers in a dense inflorescence at the stem top
  • Member of the coffee family - can be a substitute for coffee
  • Tea made from this plant can be used as a wash for skin problems such as rashes, cuts, bites, freckles and acne
  • People with poor circulation and diabetes should avoid this plant
  • Continual use will irritate the mouth and tongue
  • Found at Stop 1 - on the Interpretive Nature Trail, Hiking Trail, and at Stops 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11and 12


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-Sourced from Budd's Flora of the Canadian Prairie Provinces, 1979 and
Plants of the Western Boreal Forest & Aspen Parkland, 1995.
Refer to references for full publication details.

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