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Plant Information

Common Name: CLEAVERS
Scientific Name: Galium aparine
Alternative Names: Goose Grass, Sticky Willie, Bedstraw

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Galium aparine


  • Annual
  • Native to Europe and N and W Asia.
  • Hardy, scrambling plant, climbing by hooked bristles, with four-angled, weak, bristly stems and whorls elliptic leaves.
  • Tiny white flowers appear in spring and summer, followed by bristly, globose, green-purple fruits.
  • Needs moist, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in shade.

Culinary Uses

  • Eaten as a vegetable or added to soups, with reputed slimming effects.
  • The dried seeds are roasted as a coffee substitute.

Parts Used

  • The whole plant, seeds.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • A bitter, cooling, salty herb that acts as a tonic for the lymphatic system and has mild laxative, diuretic and astringent effects.
  • Lowers blood pressure, promotes healing and is alterative.
  • Internally for glandular fever, tonsillitis, CFS (Chronic fatigue syndrome, hepatitis, beningn breast tumors and cysts, cystitis, eczema and psoriasis.
  • Externally for swollen lymph glands, breast lumps, ulcers and skin inflammations.
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