Galium aparine

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Since starting to garden here in 2002, we have introduced over 450 plant species, many of which we sought out because they originate in comparable climates and conditions (i.e. damp, windy and up a mountain) across the world. Many have been grown from seed, given by friends or arrived by chance. We have also introduced and encouraged countless native British plant species to enhance the beauty and biodiversity of Lawson Park.

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Type
Flowering Annual
Edible?
Yes
Culinary Uses?
Yes
Native?
Yes
Naturally occurring on site?
Yes
Propagated Here?
No

Description

Climbing, 'sticky' plant that can reach up to 1m, clinging to and bringing down its host plant. Small sticky seed heads in late summer adhere to everything and anything.

Culinary Uses

Adds a cucumber flavour to water and is edible as a green before it sets seed.

Maintenance

Invasive and irritating weed that needs careful control of its myriad seedlings before spring mulching and again in early summer, where you spot all the ones you missed.