1st July 2016

Bedstraws are numerous and include ‘Sweethearts’, the sticky plant that so often grows in hedgerows and we used to cover each other in as kids. I’m just covering two now,  that people can find hard to tell apart: Crosswort has four whorls of leaves and tiny flowers all up the stem, while Lady’s Bedstraw has finer cut-leaves and carries its flowers at the end of stems, in frothy, honey and hay-scented masses. Bedstraws were used for just that, but Lady’s Bedstraw is so named because it was favoured to stuff the mattresses of even the ‘elite’, and especially for women about to give birth. Conditions: Cloudy and breezy with rain later. Temperature: Max 18- Min 9C.

Crosswort

Crosswort

Crossword grows most;y on chalky or neutral soils

Crossword grows most;y on chalky or neutral soils

Ladies Bedstraw

Ladies Bedstraw

Lady's Bedstraw

Lady’s Bedstraw

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