Cleavers - Galium aparine

Alt Name
Goose-grass
Description

Medium to tall, brittle, scrambling, bristly plant with 4-square stems that have hook like, bristly hairs and are hairy at the nodes. Leaves in whorls of 6 to 9, narrowly elliptical, broadest above the middle, pointed and with bristly margins. Flowers white or greenish, 1.5 to 1.7 mm, stalked, at the base of the upper leaves.

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Habitat

Hedgerows, roadside verges.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History

Annual.

UK Status

Very common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 604 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map