E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Galium mollugo L.
white bedstraw (false baby's breath)
Rubiaceae (Madder family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a creeping rhizome; stems prostrate or ascending to erect, several, branched, round, smooth or sometimes short spreading-hairy below, 30-120 cm tall/long.
Basal leaves few, soon deciduous; stem leaves in whorls of 6-8, sometimes 4 on the smaller branches, linear to oblanceolate, 1-3 cm long, 1-veined, short stiff-hairy on the margins, unstalked.
Inflorescence loose terminal clusters of many stalked flowers on branchlets in most upper axils; corollas saucer-shaped, whitish, 2-4 mm wide, 4-lobed; calyces obsolete.
Nutlets, 2, 1-1.5 mm long, smooth.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry fields, roadsides and disturbed sites; rare in extreme SW and SC BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Galium erectum Huds.
Galium mollugo subsp. erectum (Huds.) Briq.
Galium mollugo var. erectum (Huds.) Domin

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