Bedstraw meaning

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Any of several weedy or ornamental plants of the genus Galium, having whorled leaves, clusters of small white or yellow flowers, and prickly stems.
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Any of a genus (Galium) of small plants of the madder family, with whorled leaves and small flowers.
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A plant of the madder family with small pointed leaves and hairy stems with small, white or yellow flowers.
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Origin of bedstraw

  • Short for Our Lady's Bedstraw name for a plant of the genus Galium, whose foliage was used to stuff mattresses in medieval times

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • bed +‎ straw

    From Wiktionary