Cleavers

Cleavers stem and whorls

Common name: Cleavers, sticky weed

Scientific name: Galium aparine

Hazard associated:  Some people have an allergic reaction to contact with this plant.

Notes: Galium-closeup

  • This species is a common garden weed across several continents.
  • Some people are not irritated by contact with it, but some people do develop a bad rash if they touch it.
  • The seed is spread by sticking to passing animals.
  • Cleavers are commonly regarded as edible when cooked.

 

  Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galium_aparine

Image credits:

“Galium aparine” by Luis Nunes Alberto – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Galium_aparine.jpg#/media/File:Galium_aparine.jpg
“Galium.aparine” by sarefo – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Galium.aparine.jpg#/media/File:Galium.aparine.jpg