The Weeds of Baltimore City
Last fall my cat would continue to come into the house with the darndest
things stuck on him. Every varity of kling-on, stick-ums, barb and burr
that you can imagine was on this cat. Many times all at once. One time he
did nearly pull the table cloth off the table upon walking past a dangling
corner. This provoked my wife and I to clear a vacant lot behind our house
to curtail this onslot. I could spend fourty-five minutes picking these
things off of our pathetic looking pet each day. This spring I resolved
to learn somthing about all these weeds. This is My report. I have been about
gardens for quiet a while but I don't have the habit of reaching for the
herbicide very often, so at the age of fourt-two I thought I should bone up
on that as well.
There are so many types of weeds near my house it threatened to be
overwelming, so I decided to single one out and atack them each upon
identifing them. Now I'm a yankee seacoast boy, grown up in New Bedford
Massachusetts. I have a good familiarity with salt marshes, Northeast mixed
forests and some of the agricuture of that area; cranberry bogs, corn fields
, apple orchards, etc. I have been a few places too El Paso desert, Savana
river, Germany and Spain, but many of these things I have never seen. So
I am on a learning curve here.
The first target for identification is a stemlike thing with whorls
of small thin leaves five to eight in number at every four inches. This
plant has fine hooked hairs on all surfaces. It is called Bedstraw or
Cleaver and sometimes Goosegrass the scientific name is --
This plant turn out to be nothing like what I had supposed and I will try to fill you in as I set up links to pics
and the many, some very useful and some perhaps not so useful data site that I cam across during my invetigation.
The pic files will be made target to "weedpic"
Catchweed bedstraw, Galium aparine L., native
Common names: Stickywilly, cleavers
- a dicot in the Rubiaceae family -
~ annual herb ~
This next link has well displayed data.
AUSTRALIAN NATUROPATHIC NETWORK
American name: catchweed bedstraw
English name: cleavers
French name: gaillet gratteron
German name: Klettenlabkraut
Spanish name: amor de hortelano
OK, now you know what this thing looks like, turns out this stuff was prized thoughout the middle ages for matrass making!
More intereting is that depending who you talk to, some people hate this stuff and other people love it. Farmers involved with canola crops find it quite a pest and it can ruin their income drasticly.
Henriette's Herbal Homepage
Rubiaceae (Madder Family)
Digital Atlas of the Vascular Plants of Utah Galium aparine
Elevation Range: 1,300 to 3,030 meters ...
Weed Guide - CLEAVERS (Galium aparine) Regional Noxious Weed.
... Galium aparine Cleansing agent for the lymphatic system. Corrects
the body's inability to pass normal catabolic wastes. ...
(Galium aparine). Alternative Medicine ...
Galium aparine I VK
Image: Galium aparine I VK.ine L. ...
Galium aparine II VK
Image: Galium aparine II V..
herb daweed ...
Gali the other ...
Cook's Physiomedical Dispensatory, 1869: GALIUM APARINE
... GALIUM APARIEDal Order, Rubiaceae.
9114 Bronze Bell Cir.
Columbia MD 21045