Flowers, in panicles, the stem growing erect, 1 to 3 feet high. Leaves, in whorls of fours, linear, 3-nerved, smooth along the margins. May to August.

Rocky woods or moist banks and shores.

Marsh Bedstraw G. palustre. - Flowers, small, in terminal and lateral cymes, on spreading pedicels. Leaves, in pairs or fours, linear, with considerable distance between the joints. Stem, smooth, erect, a foot or more high. Corolla, for this genus, large, white. June and July.

In low, wet meadows along roadsides where it is springy, from Connecticut northward and westward.