Family, Madder. Color, white. Calyx, tubular, without teeth. Corolla, 4 - lobed, wheel - shaped. Stamens, 4. Styles, 2. Leaves, commonly 6 or 8 in a whorl, linear or inversely lance-shaped, quite long, very rough and bristly on the edges and midrib. Flowers, 1 to 3, in cymes, in the upper axils of the leaves. Stems, rough, weak, climbing by means of hooked bristles over other plants, 2 to 5 feet long, hairy at the joints. Along the coast, in rich soil or shady grounds, from Maine to Florida. May to September.
The galiums are interesting little plants, in that, although weak, they are aggressive and flourish better than some others by nature more independent and erect.