This particular Bedstraw has literally more popular names than one could shake a stick at. No less than seventy have been recorded to its credit! The generic name, Galium, was mentioned by Dioscorides as being used for curdling milk. This is an annual species, having a small, weak, square stem with its edges armed with tiny downward-slanting barbs, and grows from about two to five feet long. The short-pointed, narrow, tapering oval leaf is set in a whorl of six or eight at short distances along the stalk. Their margins and midribs are very rough. The inconspicuous, four-parted, white flowers are set in clusters of from one to three on rough stems that spring from the angles of the leaves. The juice of this plant is used as a remedy for dropsy. It is found from May to September in rich, shaded grounds and along the seashore, from New Brunswick to Florida, and from Ontario to Missouri and Texas.