any of a genus (Galium) of small plants of the madder family, with whorled leaves and small flowers
Origin of bedstrawfrom its former use as straw for beds
Any of several weedy or ornamental plants of the genus Galium, having whorled leaves, clusters of small white or yellow flowers, and prickly stems.
Origin of bedstrawShort for Our Lady's Bedstraw, name for a plant of the genus Galium, whose foliage was used to stuff mattresses in medieval times.
(countable and uncountable, plural bedstraws)
- a plant of the madder family with small pointed leaves and hairy stems with small, white or yellow flowers