Information on Common Marsh-bedstraw

Common Name: Common Marsh-bedstraw
Scientific Name: Galium palustre
Irish Name: Rú corraigh
Family Group: Rubiaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Common Marsh-bedstraw could sometimes be confused with:

Bedstraw, Heath, Bedstraw, Northern, Cleavers,

This is a very straggly, weak little perennial which, as its name suggests, grows commonly in ditches and marshes.  The pretty white 4-petalled flowers (3-4mm across) are carried in loose, open clusters on rough, angled stems and bloom from June to August.  The leaves are narrow, with backward-facing bristles on their margins and are in whorls of 4-6.  This is a native plant which belongs to the family Rubiaceae.

My first record of this plant is at Tacumshane, Co Wexford in 2006 and I photographed it there in 2007. 

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Marsh-bedstraw, Common
Marsh-bedstraw, Common