Galium verum

Family (Traditional)Rubiaceae
Species:Galium verum L.
Common NameYellow Spring Bedstraw
Growth Habitforb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Stipules: Yes; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: forb; Region of Origin: Europe; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Leaf Arrangement: whorled; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Yellow; Carpel Number/Pistil: 2; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Schizocarp; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Inferior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Ovules per Carpel: 2; Perianth Present: Yes; Petal Number: 4; Placentation Type: Axillary; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 4
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; KY[SNA] (State Rank); GNR (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Galium ruthenicum Galium ruthenicum
Galium verum var. tomentosum Galium verum var. tomentosum

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Ballard (KY), Campbell (KY), Grant (KY), Jackson (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, EKY, HTTU, KNK, TENN

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1969 - 2015

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
31234100657236 Grant Kentucky 28 May 2003 John W. Thieret
Galium verum
31234100657228 Ballard Kentucky 29 May 1969 Elizabeth M. Browne
Galium verum
31973000004052 Campbell Kentucky 21 Jul 2013 Whitson, Maggie (Mary)
Galium verum
31973000015749 Campbell Kentucky
Galium verum
31973000006067 Campbell Kentucky 08 Jun 2015 Marksberry, Hope
J8-1 1/15
Galium verum
TENN-V-0205577 Ballard Kentucky
Galium verum
TENN-V-0205581 Ballard Kentucky
Galium verum
APSC0078377 Campbell Kentucky 28 Jun 1984 Max Medley
Galium verum
HTTU015556 Jackson Tennessee
Galium verum
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