Galium odoratum

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"Galium odoratum," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Galium odoratum, the sweetscented bedstraw, is a flowering perennial plant in the family Rubiaceae, native to much of Europe from Spain and Ireland to Russia, as well as Western Siberia, Turkey, Iran, the Caucasus, China and Japan. It is also sparingly naturalized in scattered locations in the United States and Canada. It is widely cultivated for its flowers and its sweet-smelling foliage. A herbaceous plant, it grows to 3050 cm (1220 in) long, often lying flat on the ground or supported by other plants. The leaves are simple, lanceolate, glabrous, 25 cm (0.791.97 in) long, and borne in whorls of 69. The small (47 mm diameter) flowers are produced in cymes, each white with four petals joined together at the base. The fruits are 24 mm diameter, produced singly, and each is covered in tiny hooked bristles which help disperse them by sticking temporarily to clothing and animal fur.
Bourne, Massachusetts